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All-Ireland semi final place on the line as Laois meet Louth in Kinnegad this afternoon

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Donie Brennan’s Laois ladies will be hoping to continue their brilliant 2021 when they face Louth in Kinnegad this afternoon.

On paper, this is a game that Laois should win – but no game has ever been won on paper.

Laois are Division 3 champions while Louth triumphed in Division 4 this year.

And while that was a great success for the Wee County, there should be a gulf in standard here.

Laois’s path to this point has seen them come up against and turn over some strong teams.

In the league, they defeated Kildare and Longford in their group and despite losing to Wicklow, they progressed to the semi final where they got the better of Roscommon.

Kildare were up against them once again in the final and Laois edged a cracker in Baltinglass to win by one.

Kildare and Roscommon were once again Laois’s opponents in the group phase of this competition.

But yet again, Donie Brennan’s charges came out on top to progress to the last eight of the competition.

There have been tremendous performances all over the field this year right from Eimear Barry in goals to Mo Nerney in the corner – and manager Brennan will hope that continues.

As already mention, Louth have enjoyed a very positive 2021 to this point too.

Managed by Monasterevin native Wayne Freeman, they got the better of Leitrim in the Division 4 final.

In the championship, they were beaten in Round 1 by Down but recovered to see off Offaly in their final group game to advance as runners up.

Kate Flood, Lauren Boyle and Laura Collins are among their most dangerous players and Laois will be hoping to keep them quiet.

The game throws in at 2pm in Kinnegad today and we’ll be there to bring you all of the action as it happens.

The Laois team in full is: Eimear Barry (Shanahoe); Anna Healy (Park-Ratheniska), Amy Potts (St Brigid’s), Aimee Kelly (St Conleth’s); Rachel Williams (Sarsfields), Ellen Healy (Portlaoise), Laura Nerney (Portlaoise); Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Jane Moore (St Brigid’s); Alannah Havill (St Conleth’s), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park-Ratheniska), Joyce Dunne (Sarsfields); Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Sarah Anne Fitzgerald (Portlaoise), Orla Hennessy (Timahoe)

SEE ALSO – All of Saturday’s Laois GAA results

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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.