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Previewing the Laois IHC clashes as semi-final places up for grabs

Chris Hartnett and Donnacha Hartnett (right)

The two Laois IHC quarter-finals are down for decision tonight as the hurling action comes to a close for the week.

All games had been rescheduled due to the All-Ireland final taking place between Kilkenny v Tipperary.

We look forward to both games here.

Laois IHC Quarter-Final- Clough-Ballacolla v Rathdowney-Errill
In Borris-In-Ossory GAA at 7pm

Clough-Ballacolla come into this game having beat Mountmellick in Round 1 but in the Round 2 Winner’s game, they were beaten by a single point against Borris-Kilcotton.

Clough-Ballacolla have been relatively good in this year’s championship and will feel unlucky not to have secured a semi-final place without having to play this game.

Rathdowney-Errill were beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in Round 1 before beating Clonad in the Round 2 Qualifier game and securing a quarter-final spot.

This game will be a great affair and with both side’s first teams going well in the SHC, it well be a game of high quality.

Prediction: Clough-Ballacolla

Laois IHC Quarter-Final- Trumera v Mountmellick
In LOETB Centre of Excellence at 7pm

Trumera recorded a good victory in Round 1 v Clonad, but were then defeated heavily by Camross.

Mountmellick lost out to Clough-Ballacolla in Round 1 which set up a tie with Ballypickas. This game was a thriller which ended up going to a replay.

Mountmellick came back from five points down with three minutes to play in the first game as it looked as if they’d be facing a relegation final.

Mountmellick won the replay by five points thanks to a fine display by dual-star James Hillard who scored 2-5 in the game.

As these are the only two first teams left in the competition, the winners of this game will go forward to represent Laois in the Leinster junior championship regardless.

And because of the early round meetings, the winner of this game will play Borris-Kilcotton in the semi-final with the other quarter-final winner meeting Camross.

On the back of successive promotions, this is a huge game for Mountmellick. Only two years ago they were playing Junior ‘B’; last year Trumera were playing Senior ‘A’.

There won’t be much in it – but Trumera’s greater experience might sneak it.

Prediction: Trumera

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