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Portlaoise footballer Boyle says support from all over Laois is driving his side on

Conor Boyle

The Portlaoise footballers are trying to win their first Leinster football title since 2009 and their next step is a semi final clash with Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday.

The Dublin champions have been the undoing of the Town at provincial level on far too many occasions in the past.

On the last seven occasions that Portlaoise have faced Dublin opposition in the past, they have come out on the wrong side of the scoreline.

Speaking at the Laois GAA Awards night last week, Senior player of the year Conor Boyle revealed how his side are primed to get over that hurdle this weekend,

He said: “That is why we play. To go up there and beat them and go on to a Leinster final would be brilliant.

“So I’m really looking forward to this game and hopefully we can push it on and reach the Leinster final.”

The centre forward told how the 2016 final loss to Stradbally hurt his side a lot but it also went on to make them stronger.

He said: “It was a disappointing year (in 2016) but we knuckled down last year and got the title back.

“We have built from there really. Every year we enjoy winning and it takes a lot of work.”

Looking back on the win over Moorefield, Boyle revealed how a quick start was crucial – and also noted the support his team received from all over the county.

He said: “We had a great start and it got us well up by half time.

“A couple of mistakes in the second half knocked us back a bit but we stayed going and it was a great battle to get through.

“The support we have had, not just in Portlaoise, but all of Laois has come out to support us as well. And they have helped us get over the line.”

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