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Portlaoise set to banish Dublin demons to the past against Kilmacud Crokes

Portlaoise kitman Brendan 'Sonny' Keogh celebrates with players Kieran Lillis, left, and Frank Flanagan following their side's victory in the AIB Leinster GAA Football Senior Club Championship quarter-final match between Moorefield and Portlaoise

The big day has finally arrived for the Portlaoise footballers as they are off to Parnell Park.

It promises to be a great game as Malachy McNulty’s men bid to reach a second Leinster final in four years – with Kilmacud Crokes standing in their way.

The Dublin champions have proven a considerable stumbling block for Portlaoise during the last ten years so.

While Portlaoise beat today’s opponents in 2004, they have since played the Dublin champions on seven different occasions and have lost each time.

So today they will be hoping to rectify that and they are as well prepared as can possibly be.

On the injury front, there is mixed news. Laois wing forward Benny Carroll is understood to be struggling with the quad injury that kept him out of their Round 1 game.

There is better news regarding Gary Saunders who may just make it and he would provide manager McNulty with another option.

Kilmacud Crokes defeated St Judes in the Dublin final last month and went on to defeat Meath’s St Peter’s Dunboyne by 16 points in the quarter final.

It wasn’t a classic quarter-final encounter in Navan with Crokes in total control throughout and ahead from the sixth minute.

Former Dublin and Clare forward Pat Burke finished with 0-04 for the four-time Leinster champions while back to back All-Star Paul Mannion led the scoring with an impressive 2-6.

And how Portlaoise actually handle the enigmatic multiple All-Ireland winner may well prove decisive.

As for Portlaoise, they played and won challenge matches against the likes of Athy and Courtwood since they defeated O’Dempsey’s last month in the Laois final.

They faced Moorefield of Kildare two weeks ago in a repeat of the quarter final from 2017.

In a truly brilliant game of football, Portlaoise marched on after edging out a determined home team.

There were massive performances all over the field with Ciaran McEvoy producing his best display of the season in midfield while captain Paul Cahillane led the scoring from the full forward line.

So all is set for a massive showdown with Kilamcud Crokes this afternoon.

Throw in at Parnell Park is 2pm and we will be there to Live Blog all of the action as it happens.

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