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Previewing Sunday’s Laois U-20 football championship semi finals

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There are two big semi finals down for decision in the U-20 ‘A’ and ‘B’ football championships this afternoon.

Here, we will look ahead out how they might pan out:

Portlaoise v Portarlington in Stradbally at 2pm
Laois Shopping Centre U-20 ‘A’ Football Championship Semi Final

Around 17 hours after the Portlaoise seniors were eliminated from the Leinster championship at the semi final stage, their U-20 footballers will look to reach the final.

Gary Saunders played the entire game last night against Eire Og while Damon Larkin and Ronan McEvoy made second half appearances so it will be a big ask on them to perform again here.

But they, along with Michael Dowling, Andrew Swayne and Ben Conroy have been big players for Portlaoise in this championship where they came through a group containing St Joseph’s, O’Dempsey’s and Stradbally Parish Gaels.

Portarlington reached the U-19 final last year but the decider between they and Courtwood-Emo was never played.

They reached this stage with a win over Ballyroan-Abbey Gaels and a walkover from Graiguecullen while they lost to Courtwood-Emo to leave them second in the group.

Ronan Coffey, Alex Mohan, Colin Slevin, Cathal Bennett, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Eoin Kennedy, Curtis Lyons and Daragh Galvin are among their main players at this age and they will be favourites to reach the final and set up a rematch with Courtwood-Emo.

Verdict: Portarlington

The Heath v Park-Ratheniska-Spink in Timahoe at 12pm
Laois Shopping Centre U-20 ‘B’ Football Championship Semi Final 

The U-20 ‘B’ football championship has been blighted with walkovers and The Heath topped their group after playing just one of their three games.

They defeated Na Fianna Og by seven points but received walkovers from Camross and Rosenallis to top the group.

PJ Daly, Liam Kinsella, Dylan Kavanagh, Neil Keane, Conor Booth and Leon Holland are among their top players and they will be favourites here to advance.

Clonaslee-St Manman’s blazed a trail in Group A winning all of their games and they have since defeated Na Fianna Og to reach the final.

This group was complicated by walkovers from Sarsfields Gaels and Ballylinan meaning that when Park-Ratheniska-Spink and Killeshin drew 4-10 apiece and finished level in second on five points each – a playoff was required.

Park-Ratheniska-Spink came through that and with players like Brian Fingleton, Brian Dunne, James Connolly, Josh Mulhall and Marc Ramsbottom – they will have a chance.

But The Heath will certainly be favourites to join Clonaslee in the final.

Verdict: The Heath

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