Round 2 of the Laois SFC and IFC conclude on Sunday with two games in the IFC and four in the SFC.
We look ahead to the action here.
Laois SFC Round 2 Winners- Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
In O’Moore Park at 12pm
Both teams will come into this game full of confidence. They’ve got a favorable draw and both teams will be hoping to reach the quarter-final stage.
Arles-Killeen come into the game after defeating Crettyard by two points in Round 1 while Killeshin were comfortable in their victory over 2016 county champions Stradbally.
Both teams are sa good spread of quality and while keeping tabs on the Kingstons will be a big job for the Killeshin defence, they should have enough pace and movement elsewhere to book a quarter-final place for the third year running.
Last meeting: These sides last met in 2016 in Round 3. Arles-Killeen won by nine points to secure a quarter-final spot.
Odds: Arles-Killeen 11/4; Killeshin 1/3; Draw 8/1
Laois SFC Round 2 Qualifier- Ballylinan v Arles-Kilcruise
In O’Moore Park at 1.30pm
Ballylinan had a tough start to this year’s championship having been drawn against county champions Portlaoise.
Arles-Kilcruise were steamrolled by high-flying Courtwood in Round 1.
Both sides exited the championship at the Round 3 stage, but they’ll be hoping to reach a quarter-final this year.
Ballylinan are without Gary Walsh and it was evident against Portlaoise.
Arles-Kilcruise were not able for the younger, more fitter team in Round 1 and it could well be the case again.
Last meeting: You have to go all the way back to 2010 for the last time these two neighbours met in championship football. On that occasion, Arles-Kilcruise won 0-17 to 2-8 in the quarter-final.
Odds: Ballylinan 1/4; Arles-Kilcruise 7/2; Draw 8/1
Laois SFC Round 2 Qualifier- Emo v Stradbally
In O’Moore Park at 6pm
These two teams were destined for so much. Emo reached the county final in 2015 while Stradbally famously won the championship in 2016.
Emo could have easily beat Ballyroan-Abbey on Tuesday, but their wide count cost them dearly.
Stradbally were very disappointing in their game against Killeshin and were well beaten. They were without top player Jody Dillon as well as a selection of other regular starters.
The short turnaround will be tough on Emo but they showed more in their two games against Ballyroan-Abbey than Stradbally did against Killeshin.
Last meeting: The sides last met in 2011 where Stradbally got the better of Emo.
Odds: Emo 8/13; Stradbally 13/8; Draw 13/2
Laois SFC Round 2 Winners- Graiguecullen v O’Dempsey’s
In O’Moore Park at 7.30pm
Both of these sides recorded impressive victories in the first round. Graiguecullen got the better of Ballyfin.
O’Dempsey’s continued their good form of last season by recording a comfortable win over St Joseph’s while Graiguecullen were very patchy against Ballyfin and only made sure of the win late on.
The sides met twice last year in the championship with one win apiece, O’Dempsey’s crucially winning the semi-final meeting.
Eddie Kelly’s side appear to be going better than Graigue at the moment and you have to fancy them to book a quarter-final place again.
Last meeting: These sides played in last year’s semi-final with O’Dempsey’s advancing to the final.
Odds: O’Dempsey’s 4/7; Graiguecullen 13/8; Draw 15/2
Laois IFC Round 2 Winners- Portlaoise v Mountmellick
In McCann Park, Portarlington at 12.30pm
Portlaoise come into this game after avenging their league final loss to Clonaslee and running out nine point victors in Round 1.
Mountmellick got the better of Timahoe in a tense and cagey affair which ended 0-10 to 0-8.
Portlaoise with the strength of depth that they have, should be pushing for a place in the final.
A win for either side will progress them to the semi-final stage but the losers won’t be gone and will revert to a quarter-final.
Laois IFC Round 2 Qualifier- Annanough v St Joseph’s
In Bill Delaney Park, Stradbally at 12.30pm
The last two junior champions both lost by seven points in Round 1. Annanough were beaten by Rosenallis and The Rock beat St Joseph’s.
As this is St Joseph’s second team, they’ve lost a few players to the senior side and due to this, they could have a relegation fight on their hands for the second year running.
Despite playing in a division lower in the league Annanough should have just about enough to book a quarter-final place – but you can expect it to be tight enough.
Last meeting: The sides haven’t been in the same grade for a long number of years so championship meetings between them are few and far between.