The two Laois IFC quarter-finals are down for decision tonight as the football action begins to ramp up for the weekend.
We look forward to both games here.
Laois IFC Quarter-Final- Annanough v Portlaoise
In Ratheniska at 7pm
The first game we will look at is the clash of Portlaoise and Annanough in the quarter final.
2018 Junior champions Annanough lost their Round 1 clash against Rosenallis but they recovered in serious style to stave off relegation.
Donal Horgan’s charges scored seven goals in a 7-7 to 0-7 win over St Joseph’s to clinch a place in the quarter finals.
Players like Donal Miller, Darren Maher, Conor Stapleton, Elliott Scully and Fergal Scully returned to the fold for that game and they made a huge difference.
As for Portlaoise, they were very impressive in Round 1 as they scored a big victory over Clonaslee.
Having lost the Division 2 title against the same opponents a week previous, Portlaoise scored 2-12 in a nine point win over Clonaslee.
But they then suffered a six point defeat to an upwardly mobile Mountmellick outfit in round 2 to end up in this section of the competition.
They have a decent splattering of players who have played senior in the past such as Brian Smith, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Colm Parkinson while they also have young talent like Ben Conroy, Ross Brennan and Andrew Swayne.
Annanough have nothing to lose here but Portlaoise may just shade it.
Laois IFC Quarter-Final – Clonaslee v The Rock
In Mountmellick at 7pm
At the same time in Mountmellick, Clonaslee and The Rock will do battle in the other quarter final game.
The Rock got off to the perfect start when they defeated St Joseph’s in Round 1 in a crazy game that saw five red cards dished out.
But they were well beaten by Rosenallis in Round 2 and hence they have ended up here.
As for Clonaslee, they went down to Portlaoise in Round 1 as mentioned above and then came through a tough encounter with Timahoe to get themselves back into the championship.
Discipline has been Clonaslee’s problem with two red cards in the Portlaoise defeat and one against Timahoe – but if they can keep 15 players on the pitch, they should prevail.