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Previewing the crunch SFC quarter final replay between Killeshin and Graiguecullen

Killeshin v Graiguecullen - Paul Dargan

Brought to you in association with Cllr Tom Mulhall

A huge crowd came to O’Moore Park last Friday and witnessed one of the most entertaining football games of the year.

Neighbours Killeshin and Graiguecullen clashed in the first of the quarter finals of the SFC on Friday night.

And what an incredible game of football it was.

It had everything – penalties, goals, red cards, black cards and a dramatic finish that saw one team come from five points down to snatch a draw.

Padraig Clancy’s Graiguecullen looked dead and buried with 54 minutes on the clock as Killeshin led by five points.

But a late late goal, coupled with incredible points from Jamie Parr means the sides will have to meet again tonight.

Graiguecullen will go into tonight’s game without corner back Bobby Doyle as he will be serving a suspension following the red card he picked up late in the drawn game.

But after escaping the last day, they will probably be happy to have another bite at the cherry.

Key forward Ambrose Doran got a few more minutes under his belt too as he continues his comeback from an injury lay off and he should be capable of more tonight.

On the Killeshin side, they have a full deck to choose from and will be kicking themselves that they didn’t get through the last day.

David Aston was their stand out player but they will have to find a way to get more out of Eoin Lowry and Evan Lowry who were on fire in the opening two rounds.

Maurice Brown’s men did have to contend with the five week break before the drawn game and will have come on a lot for that game.

Expect this to be extremely close and Graiguecullen will be hoping to get more ball into Aaron Forbes and will need big games from the likes of Mark Timmons, Brian Byrne and Shane O’Neill.

While Killeshin will require more of the same from David Aston and Mark McDermott along with improvement from the Lowry brothers.

And perhaps the fact they have more scope for improvement tips things their way.

Verdict: Killeshin

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.