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Latest football Team of the Week as finals and semi finals come into focus

A week of football that brought silverware, relegation, along with places in semi finals and finals has come to a close.

Over 300 players took to the field last week and for just under half of them, they will not do so again for their clubs until 2019.

Our Team of The Week has representatives from 11 clubs this and also stars an extensive subs bench.

Check it out below:

1 – Wayne Comerford (Stradbally)

What a game the Stradbally goalkeeper had on Sunday. Aside from a few kick-outs that went astray, Comerford pulled off three brilliant one-on-one saves and denied his opposite number Dan Dunne from the penalty spot.

He just edges out O’Dempsey’s Podge Bannon and Graiguecullen’s Danny Bolger for the number one jersey.

2 – Gary Saunders (Portlaoise)

Portlaoise were awesome against Ballyroan-Abbey on Sunday and the foundations for their win were most certainly laid in defence.

Teenager Gary Saunders was up against experienced campaigner MJ Tierney and held him scoreless from play. Saunders once again exhibiting his credentials as someone who has what it takes to go all the way in the game.

3 – Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen)

What can we say about this man that hasn’t already been said? He’s unquestionably the best defender in Laois.

And when his side were in real danger of crashing out of the championship, he made a crucial turnover deep inside his own 14 metre line and started the attack from which Danny Bolger kicked the late equaliser to send the tie against Killeshin to a replay.

4 – Adam Campion (St Joseph’s)

Adam Campion was influential for St Joseph's tonight but he is soon off to the USA

Like the aforementioned Saunders, Campion was marking one of the most experienced footballers in the county in Colm Kelly of Stradbally on Sunday.

And he fared very well – keeping him to just one point from play with Kelly being substituted ten minutes from the end.

5 – Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood)

Courtwood’s wing backs of Colm Wilson and Sean O’Flynn caused havoc for Portlaoise in the IFC semi final on Saturday.

Wilson kicked two points but O’Flynn never stopped charging forward from the throw in. His direct running was the cause of many Courtwood scores and he is improving all the time.

6 – Eoin George (Mountmellick Gaels)

Mountmellick Gaels were solid if unspectacular in their win over Rosenallis which sets up a Round 1 rematch with Courtwood in the IFC final.

George, son of manager Alan, snuffed out countless Rosenallis attacks and kicked a nice point also.

7 – Shane Farrell (Slieve Bloom and Ballyfin Gaels)

What a week it was for this Slieve Bloom footballer. On Wednesday night he led his side to Junior B football glory and he was back in another final on Sunday morning.

This time he was full back for Ballyfin Gaels in the SFC relegation final and played a big role as his side defeated Clonaslee Gaels to preserve their senior status.

8 – Ricky Quillinan (Ballyfin Gaels)

While Farrell before him was very good, so too was Ballyfin Gaels midfielder Ricky Quillinan.

He fielded an unnatural amount of ball in midfield and was directly the cause of two of Ballyfin Gaels’ points.

9 – Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise)

Kieran Lillis in action - Photo Paul Dargan
Kieran Lillis in action – Photo Paul Dargan

Kieran Lillis blossomed in midfield for Laois this year alongside John O’Loughlin and he has carried that form into the championship with Portlaoise.

He and midfield partner Ciaran McEvoy dominated the skies for the Town against Ballyroan-Abbey with Lillis also getting on the scoresheet as well.

10 – Niall Donoher (Courtwood)

Niall Donoher is fit for selection for Saturday's game against Clare
Niall Donoher

There are rumours going around that Niall Donoher is going to retire from Laois next year but performances like the one he put in on Saturday show that he would be a massive loss if he does.

The Courtwood man tore Portlaoise’s second team to shreds with his accurate passing and brilliant long range shooting. A joy to watch.

11 – Jamie Parr (Graiguecullen)

Jamie Parr is a footballer who probably hasn’t got the recognition for just how technically gifted he actually is.

And when his side were five points down against Killeshin, he spear-headed the revival with two of the most outrageous points from play you will ever see. Both on the run from over 50 metres.

12 – Gareth Dillon (Portlaoise)

Gareth Dillon's Portlaoise recorded a fine win over Graiguecullen
Gareth Dillon

Clubmate Graham Brody received an All-Star nomination last week but this man can’t have been too far behind him after a string of fine performances in the full back line this year for Laois.

He was wing forward for Portlaoise on Sunday and scored four lovely points. Has developed into a really fine player over the last number of years.

13 – David Aston (Killeshin)

By his own standards, David Aston was probably a little disappointed with how he played in Killeshin’s opening two rounds this year.

However, he put all of that behind him on Friday night against Graiguecullen. And on an evening when the Lowry brothers failed to fire as they had been doing, Aston stood up and became Killeshin’s main scoring threat – finishing with seven points.

14 – Matty Campion (St Joseph’s)

Matty Campion

Has been in and out of Laois set ups for the last number of years but Campion is on a very good run of form at the minute.

Ending the game against Stradbally with crucial points, he was a thorn in their side all afternoon.

15 – Matthew Finlay (O’Dempsey’s)

Matthew Finlay in action for O’Dempsey’s in their Laois SFC clash against Ballylinan in O’Moore Park

The highest scorer in the championship so far was deadly accurate once again in the win over neighbours Emo.

O’Dempsey’s have kicked on from their set back against Graiguecullen in Round 1 and are now into the last four with Finlay being one of the main reasons for that. 1-8 for him on the evening.

SUBS OF THE WEEK

Luke Kerr (Ballyfin Gaels)

The teenager was introduced early in the first half of this game following an injury to Dan Molloy. And he popped up with the all-important second goal just before half time.

Cian Doyle (Courtwood)

Came off the bench twice, first as a blood sub, and then as a full sub. Gets in here thanks to the brilliant solo goal he scored with virtually the last kick of the game.

Brian Nugent (O’Dempsey’s)

Nugent is a hard-grafter and when he came on early in the first half, O’Dempsey’s trailed despite playing with the wind. He got on a lot of ball and helped set up scores.

Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s)

St Joseph’s full back Tom Dunne had to go off in the first ten minutes after suffering a serious looking shoulder injury. The Kellyville men called on teenager Jack Lacey and he didn’t let them down with a very solid performance.

James Miller (Annanough)

Annanough looked in real trouble on Friday night as they trailed to Park-Ratheniska and had gone 20 minutes without a score. They turned to one of their longest servants though and he scored a big impact when introduced in the forward line late on.

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