Rosenallis v Fr Manning Gaels (Longford)
Leinster Intermediate Football Championship Quarter final in Killoe at 1.30pm
Rosenallis will take on Fr Manning Gaels of Longford on Saturday in the Leinster Intermediate football quarter-final.
Their road to the Leinster championship was comprised of a host of impressive performances, having not lost a game all season.
Rosenallis were crowned Laois Intermediate champions five weeks ago following a narrow win over neighbours Clonaslee in the final.
However, since then, they haven’t kicked a ball as hurling has taken precedence with a Senior A final win over The Harps, a Leinster win over Bagnalstown Gaels and a defeat to Tullaroan coming in the weeks since.
There are hopes of John Lennon returning with a full recovery having picked up an injury in the county hurling final against The Harps, missing the first round of the Leinster Championship.
However, the same cannot be said for Paddy Keating who picked a hamstring injury in training before the Leinster hurling quarter final against Tullaroan.
Aside form that, the side have a clean bill of health and will be heavily reliant on Ruaidhri C-Fennell, Cathal C-Fennell, Fiachra C-Fennell, Ronan Murray and Cillian Callaly in a tricky assignment away in Longford.
The Longford side are heading into their Leinster campaign after beating Ballymahon by nine points in their intermediate final and then on to the first round of their Leinster campaign where they beat O’Hanrahan’s of Carlow.
Rosenallis will need to be careful on giving away frees as Longford goalkeeper, Paddy Collum, is a major threat with his free kicking ability – an expert on dead balls.
Laois v Wexford
Fr Manning Cup Group D Round 3 in Ferns at 2pm
The Laois U-16 footballers need only to avoid defeat on Saturday in the Centre of Excellence in Ferns to advance to the Fr Manning Cup semi finals.
The lads have been in excellent form over the last two weeks and sit top of their group with two games played.
They defeated Westmeath by 2-14 to 1-9 in Round 1 with late goals from Oisin Hooney and DJ White wrapping up the win.
Last weekend saw them travel to Baltinglass to face Wicklow. They trailed from the off and only drew level with 50 minutes on the clock before two late goals from Ross Meredith and Conor Kelly saw them run out eight point winners.
This team includes the likes of Kian Lawler (Graiguecullen), Simon Fingleton (Park-Rateniska), PJ Ward (Portarlington), Oisin Hooney (St Joseph’s), Conor Kelly (Graiguecullen), Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen), Lee Byrne (Graiguecullen) and Daire Scully (Clonaslee) who were all part of the Laois minor squad this year.
Emo-Courtwood v O’Dempsey’s
Laois Shopping Centre U-20 ‘A’ Semi final at 2.30pm in Portarlington
Emo-Courtwood and O’Dempsey’s will clash for a place in the final of the first ever U-20 football championship this afternoon.
Emo-Courtwood come into the game as favourites after they topped Group A following wins over Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels and Portarlington.
With players like Sean O’Flynn, Niall Dunne, Alan Kinsella, Cian Langford, Padraig Kirwan and Sean Greene in their ranks, they will be confident of claiming a place in the decider.
O’Dempsey’s finished in second place in Group B after edging out St Joseph’s by a solitary point on points difference when they and Portlaoise all finished level on two wins and one defeat each.
O’Dempsey’s defeated Portlaoise in Round 1 but then lost to St Joseph’s and went into their final game against Stradbally Parish Gaels needing to win by five points to secure a last four berth.
Mark Barry and Dan McCormack are their main men while they will also be hoping that Barry Howlin, who was sent off in the win over the Gaels, will win his appeal and be free to play.