Home Sport GAA Previewing the Laois Minor ‘A’ football championship final between Ballyroan-Abbey v Emo/Courtwood

Previewing the Laois Minor ‘A’ football championship final between Ballyroan-Abbey v Emo/Courtwood

James McWey, right

The great saying about Dublin Bus is that you wait all day for one – and then two came along at the same time.

Ballyroan-Abbey ended their 47-year wait for a minor title last year when they defeated Portarlington in the decider last season.

It took them a replay to do it last year and they will be favourites to complete a two-in-a-row this year when they take on Emo-Courtwood.

These sides actually met in a preliminary round clash in this competition two months ago with Ballyroan-Abbey running out convincing 7-13 to 2-12 winners.

Since then though, Emo-Courtwood have bounced back really well to get themselves to the final.

They came through the backdoor to defeat Graiguecullen 7-12 to 5-5 and then saw off Portarlington 4-16 to 0-14 in the quarter final.

They faced a very fancied St Joseph’s side in the semi final and trailed at half time but fought back to win 5-16 to 5-10 in the end to reach the decider.

After their initial preliminary round win, Ballyroan-Abbey have continued in that vein with victories over Na Fianna Og and Portarlington seeing them into the semi final.

They then faced league winners Portlaoise in the semi final where once again they triumphed on a 1-17 to 2-5 scoreline.

Shaun Fitzpatrick, Brian Whelan, Davin McEvoy and captain James McWey were Ballyroan-Abbey’s representatives on the Laois minor team that reached the semi finals this year.

While players like Lawson Obular, Fionan Mahony and Odhran Delaney are also likely to stand out in this final.

As for Emo-Courtwood, they have Laois minor captain Sean Greene in their ranks along with fellow county players Nathan Little, Paul O’Flynn and Paddy Hosey in their ranks.

Captain Tommy Keegan, Tom Fennelly and Ross Meredith are others who are worth keeping an eye during the game.

This game is likely to be far closer than their first encounter, but Ballyroan-Abbey should come out on top once more.

Verdict: Ballyroan-Abbey

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