13 days into 2019, the 2018 Laois GAA season will come to an end this afternoon.
Portarlington and St Joseph’s will meet in the U-21 football final in Stradbally at 1pm.
The competition was delayed starting in 2018 due to the introduction of an U-19 competition which meant the U-21 didn’t actually begin until December.
This scenario will not be repeated in 2019 though as it has been decided the discontinue the U-19 and U-21 grades and replace them both with an U-20 grade.
Portarlington began their campaign on December 1 when they defeated Sarsfields by 1-18 to 1-6 in the quarter final.
They had to wait until January 6 to play again as their opponents in that game, Portlaoise, had their initial quarter final game against Graiguecullen abandoned following a serious injury to a Graigue player.
Portlaoise won the refixture but Portarlington were once again far too strong in the semi final as they win by 2-15 to 1-5.
Meanwhile, St Joseph’s route to the final has also involved winning two games.
They faced Stradbally Parish Gaels in the quarter final on December 21 and won by 3-14 to 1-12.
Their semi final also took place on January 6 where they got the better of Ballyroan-Abbey by 3-9 to 2-9 in an entertaining game.
Portarlington have breezed through this U-21 championship so far and while this game will most likely be closer, they should be the ones celebrating this afternoon.
We will be live from Stradbally from 1pm on our Live Blog to bring you all the action as it happens.