The Laois minor footballers go in search of a place in their first final at this grade since 2016 when they face Meath in Navan this afternoon.
This is Laois’s third semi final in a row and on the last two occasions they have been beaten by the team that went on to claim the title.
The game throws in at 12.30pm in Pair Tailteann, Navan on Saturday December 19.
Since this grade reverted to U-17 in 2017, Laois and Meath have once met once.
That was in the semi final in O’Moore Park in 2018 and it was not a happy experience for the home side.
Meath ran out 5-18 to 0-8 winners over Donncha Phelan’s charges on that day and Laois will be hoping for a far better showing this time.
On paper, this Meath team look very impressive with wins over Dublin and Westmeath under their belt.
They are managed by former minor and U21 All-Ireland winner John McCarthy – who is a Meath native.
The key to their success in both games has been their string second halves and they showed that against Dublin in Round 1 back in October.
The game was level 0-4 apiece at half time but they went on to win 1-15 to 0-7 in the end.
In last week’s quarter final, they led Westmeath 1-5 to 0-5 at half time before going on to win 3-11 to 0-7.
Owen Frayne, Aaron Murphy, Rory Kinsella and John McDonagh have done the bulk of the scoring for Meath so far so Laois will be hoping to keep them quiet.
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