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Previewing Tuesday night’s county final and IHC quarter final replay

Peadar Rice Mountrath and Pat Burke Camross - Photo Pat Delaney

There are two games taking place tonight in Portlaoise and silverware will be up for grabs in one of them.

The Laois Junior ‘B’ hurling final is down for decision while so too is the IHC quarter final replay.

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

Will the replay be as good as the first day? We will have to wait and see.

Trumera looked set to emerge as one point winners but James Hilliard’s last minute free salvaged a draw for Mountmellick with virtually the final puck of the game.

Hilliard’s free two minutes into added-on time brought his tally to 1-9 for the evening and meant that sides must meet again after what was an enjoyable contest that swung one way and then the other over the course of the 60 minutes.

To get here, 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 Hilliard 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 semi final seeing Clough-Ballacolla facing 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 again – but Mountmellick are improving with every game and they may just win it.

Prediction: Mountmellick

Laois JH’B’C Final – Camross v Mountrath
In O’Moore Park at 7.30pm

This is a repeat of this year’s ACHL Division 4 league final which Mountrath won by two points last month. 

This is Mountrath’s second team and they actually faced Camross in Round 1 of this nine days after that league triumph where they went down by 4-19 to 0-10.

But they recovered well as wins subsequently over Rathdowney-Errill, Portlaoise and Colt saw them reach the final.

Following that Round 1 win, Camross also enjoyed big wins over Portlaoise and Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe so they will come into this final as big favourites.

This is the third year running they will contest this decider after previously losing out to Mountmellick in 2017 and Kyle in 2018 so they will be hoping to make it third time lucky.

From when the sides met in the league final, both teams have been hit with losing lads to the grades above them.

Mountrath have lost Tommy Hill, Aidan Linehan, Gearoid Williams and Scott Hetherington to their Senior A side.

While Camross have lost Colin Palmer and Kevin Lalor to their Intermediates.

Given the one-sided nature of their encounter last month, Camross should have more than enough here.

Prediction: Camross

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