It was a largely positive day for the Laois lads involved with various teams on quarter finals day at the Kennedy Cup.
A Crettyard United man helped Carlow make history as they qualified for the semi finals of the Kennedy Cup outright.
Peter Grogran’s second half strike proved the difference as they saw off Waterford and made their way to the last four of the competition.
Killeshin trio Ciaran Fitzgerald, James Ingram and Michael Gaffney are all part of the squad alongside Grogan and they are yet to concede a goal in the competition so far.
Grogan now has three goals and he will be hoping to continue that scoring touch when Carlow take on Mayo in the last four at 3pm tomorrow.
The Midlands are through to the Kennedy Cup Bowl semi finals following a dramatic victory over Wexford this afternoon.
The side, who are managed by Ratheniska native Anthony Hitchcock, and contain Emo Celtic players Ryan Little, David Costello and Eoghan Slattery, finished deadlocked with Wexford at half time in windy conditions.
However, two wonderful strikes from Mullingar striker Harry Mannering gave the Midlands the lead.
Wexford struck back with five minutes to play and then pushed for the equaliser – striking the bar with their final attack of the game.
But Midlands held on and will now face Limerick District at 12.30pm tomorrow, who defeated South Belfast 1-0, in the Bowl semi final – the competition for teams ranked 9-16 after the group stages.
Kilkenny have Durrow Lions duo Bobby Murphy and Ciaran Flynn in their ranks and they qualified for the Midlands Shield semi final also today.
Up against Clare, Kilkenny fell 1-0 behind at half time but two second half penalties from Anthony Ireland Wall saw them turn things around in the second half.
They now go forward to face Donegal in the semi final at 10.30am tomorrow.
Meanwhile, North Tipperary, who are captained by Laois man Jer Quinlan and also have Kyle native Jack Fitzpatrick in their ranks, were eliminated from the Kennedy Cup Trophy.
They went down 2-1 to Limerick Desmond and are now in a playoff to finish between 29-32 position where they face NECSL at 10.30am tomorrow.
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