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CONFIRMED: Portlaoise’s Leinster club semi final set to be shown live on TV

Portlaoise’s Leinster club senior football championship semi final clash against Eire Og will be shown live on RTE it has been confirmed.

A Laois GAA spokesperson confirmed to LaoisToday that the game, set to take place on Saturday November 23 in O’Moore Park at 7pm, will be televised.

TG4 and been the only TV station to show club games in the last number of years but RTE entered the market this year.

Back in August, they confirmed they would carry coverage of the club championships in Autumn as part of a sub-licensing deal with eir Sport, who signed a five-year broadcasting agreement with the GAA in 2017.

TG4 have retained their rights to pick the first two games every weekend, while RTÉ have had choices three and four from the weekend of 21/22 September onwards.

Portlaoise reached the semi final following a dramatic encounter with St Pat’s in Aughrim yesterday.

The Portlaoise footballers have had many great days in the Leinster club championship over the years – but they broke new ground when they needed a penalty shootout to beat the Wicklow champions.

The sides were level after extra time – St Pat’s 2-8 Portlaoise 1-11 – and GAA rules now allow for a penalty shootout to ensure a winner on the day.

Craig Rogers, Graham Brody, Ronan McEvoy, Ricky Maher and Conor Boyle all scored their penalties while St Pat’s missed the first of their five kicks.

It all meant Portlaoise won the shootout 5-4 and the scenes of celebration were similar to a big soccer game with the Portlaoise players running from the middle of the field to congratulate Craig Rogers who had scored the winning kick.

It was far more straightforward for Carlow champions Eire Og who had a comfortable win over Sarsfields.

The Kildare side went into the game as favourites but Eire Og swept them aside by 1-11 to 0-8.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.