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Previewing Monday night’s Intermediate and Junior football semi finals

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The remaining Laois IFC semi final and JFC semi-final are down for decision tonight as the football action almost concludes for this week.

We will have the replay of the game between Portarlington and Graiguecullen in the senior quarter final later in the week too.

We look forward to both games here.

Laois IFC Semi Final – Rosenallis v Portlaoise
In O’Moore Park at 8pm

The first of the Intermediate finalists for 2019 was confirmed on Friday evening as Clonaslee got the better of their neighbours Mountmellick in a low scoring but gripping affair.

Now it is the turn of Portlaoise’s second string and Rosenallis to do battle in O’Moore Park to see who will join them.

Junior football winners in 2016, Rosenallis have been remarkably consistent at intermediate level since – reaching the semi final last year where they were beaten by Mountmellick Gaels.

They have enjoyed routine wins over Annanough and The Rock so far – scoring 5-30 in the process.

As for Portlaoise, they defeated Clonaslee in Round 1 but then lost out to Mountmellick in Round 2.

This set up a quarter final tie with Annanough which they won by 1-16 to 1-6 to progress to the last four.

They lost defender Michael Dowling to their senior team at the weekend and he will certainly be a big loss as his man-marking ability is very important.

Rosenallis have 2016 Junior winning captain Cillian Callally back this year after two years spent abroad and they should just have enough to set up a final with neighbours Clonaslee.

Verdict: Rosenallis

Laois JFC Semi-Final- The Heath v O’Dempsey’s
In Stradbally at 8pm

A place in the final in 12 days time against Castletown is at stake tonight as two second teams clash in Stradbally – The Heath and O’Dempsey’s.

Favourites Park-Ratheniska crashed out on Sunday afternoon to Castletown – a defeat that has blown the whole competition wide open this year.

Despite their senior woes that saw them end up in the relegation final where they defeated Crettyard, The Heath have been very impressive in this competition.

They began with an 8-23 to 0-1 win over Stradbally but then lost out to tonight’s opponents by eight points in Round 2.

That sent them to Round 3 where they edged out Camross before striking late to see off Ballyroan-Abbey to reach this stage of the competition.

O’Dempsey’s were stunned yesterday at senior level by Ballyfin but they reached the final of this competition last year and will be favourites to do so again.

They have won all their games so far with Camross, The Heath and Kilcavan falling to them.

They didn’t lose any players to their senior team yesterday and have added in the likes of Stephen O’Leary and Eoin Finlay this year.

Verdict: O’Dempsey’s

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