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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Portlaoise take on Moorefield

We are live from St Conleth's Park in Newbridge
We are live from St Conleth's Park in Newbridge

Welcome to St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge for the Leinster senior club football championship quarter final between Portlaoise and Moorefield.

Exactly 364 days ago, Portlaoise and Moorefield met at the very same stage of the Leinster championship as they do today – the quarter final.

Malachy McNulty’s side were three points up with seven minutes to play but the dismissal of Craig Rogers followed by the concession of a goal ended their dreams for 2017.

It was a cruel blow for the Town as it came on the same day that Dublin champions St Vincent’s were knocked out by Wicklow side Rathnew – which blew the whole championship wide open.

Kildare champions Moorefield had been second best for 53 minutes of the game last year but on Rogers’ dismissal, they carved Portlaoise open and Eanna O’Connor raced through before beating Graham Brody from a tight angle to rattle the net.

This levelled the game and it remained so as four minutes of injury time were signalled. Portlaoise had the chance to go ahead in the first of them but the usually reliable Brian McCormack missed after a good run from Conor Boyle.

And with 30 seconds to go, Niall Holmes Lynch kicked the winner.

Portlaoise had the chance to equalise with the last kick by Paul Cahillane’s free from in front of the stand just went wide and the Kildare side progressed.

And the agony was made even worse for Portlaoise as they had to watch Moorefield come back to O’Moore Park a month later and defeat Westmeath champions St Loman’s to claim their second Leinster championship title.

Moorefield eventually lost to eventual All-Ireland champions Corofin in the semi final but they have returned in dominant style again this year.

However, Portlaoise will be hoping to stop them today and you can follow all of the action as it unfolds below:

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