The Laois SFC Relegation final and one IFC semi-final are down for decision tonight as the football action begins to ramp up for the weekend.
We look forward to both games here.
Laois SFC Relegation Final – Crettyard v The Heath
In Stradbally at 8pm
At the start of the year, this is the final that no team wants to end up in.
But after suffering defeats in three matches each, neither can have any complaints about ending up here.
Crettyard have lost the assistance of players from Spink this year following the abolition of Gaels teams and it has certainly hurt them.
They lost out to Arles-Killeen in Round 1 and then Ballyfin in Round 2 to send them to a relegation semi final where they also went down to Arles-Kilcruise.
As for The Heath, they were well beaten by Portarlington and didn’t fare much better against St Joseph’s in Round 2. Neighbours Stradbally then toppled them in the relegation semi final to leave them one loss away from dropping down.
The Heath are the only team that haven’t scored a goal yet in the championship but if they can do that, and manage to handle Evan O’Carroll, they should stay up.
Prediction: The Heath
Laois IFC Semi-Final – Clonaslee v Mountmellick
In O’Moore Park at 8pm
The first of the Intermediate finalists for 2019 could be confirmed this evening as neighbours Mountmellick and Clonaslee clash in O’Moore Park.
2018 defeated finalists Mountmellick go into this game as favourites with two wins from two so far.
They toppled Timahoe in Round 1 and then defeated Portlaoise in Round 2 to book this semi final place.
As for Clonaslee, they went down to Portlaoise in Round 1 and then came through a tough encounter with Timahoe to get themselves back into the championship.
They scored an easy victory over The Rock in the quarter finals then to progress to here.
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 will certainly have a chance.
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