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13 young players to watch out for in the Intermediate and Junior football championships

The Laois IFC and JFC competitions are set to get underway this evening.

The Intermediate championship gets underway with the meeting of Timahoe and Park-Ratheniska.

Kilcavan will host Camross in Round 1 of the JFC while the other Round 1 game scheduled for tonight is off.

The Harps have given Castletown a walkover so that game will not take place.

The Intermediate championship is being run as before with eight teams competing while there is also a backdoor for losers in Round 1 and the winners section of Round 2.

The Junior championship continues as a group stage competition with two groups of four and two groups of three.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the semi finals.

With only a condensed league to go on, our task for picking out potential young stars has been made trickier.

As a result, we have excluded choosing players from the second teams in both competitions.

Check them out below:


Arles-Kilcruise – Jamie Coogan

Arles-Kilcruise, like their neighbours Arles-Killeen, have dipped into the transfer market in the off season and signed themselves a new keeper.

Jamie Coogan has been living in Arles for the last few years but has now transferred in from Eire Og in Carlow. His move will free up Colm Munnelly to play outfield.

Crettyard – Josh Kelly

Brother of current keeper Matt, Josh Kelly has arrived up to the adult ranks for Crettyard this year.

Part of the Laois minor panel in 2020, he will battle it out with his brother for the number 1 spot.

Mountmellick – Finn Culleton

Our selection with the Mountmellick hurlers last week, Culleton was impressive against The Harps – scoring a goal.

Finn is an even better footballer and his addition to the forward line will certainly yield scores for Mountmellick.

Park-Ratheniska – Simon Fingleton

Another man who made the selection for his adult hurling team is Park-Ratheniska’s Simon Fingleton.

Laois minor captain in 2020, Fingleton has great pace and is comfortable in both defence and attack.

Timahoe – Daire McDonald

A powerful player, Daire McDonald adds something new for Timahoe this year.

Another player who can operate in defence or attack, his versatility will be key for his club.

The Rock – Evan Dempsey

The Rock have added in a number of young players to their squad and have unearthed another talented forward here.

Evan Dempsey is a pacey forward and his direct running style will trouble many defences.


Camross – Jack Phelan

A Laois minor hurler in 2020, Jack Phelan is a very tidy corner back.

A first cousin of senior hurler Joe Phelan, Jack is a sticky man marker who will do a job on many forwards.

Castletown – Sean O’Connor

A fine hurler, Sean O’Connor is also a very capable footballer. We will have to wait two weeks to see him and his team in action after they received a walkover from The Harps.

A very clever players, O’Connor can play as a sweeper and typically helps start attacks from that position.

Kilcavan – Declan White 

Declan White has slotted straight into the goals for Kilcavan this year and looks like a real prospect.

White has a good kick-out, is very strong and brave too. All the components required for the role.

Barrowhouse – Lee Day

A Laois minor in 2020, Lee Day adds real scoring power for Barrowhouse this season.

A tricky forward with a real eye for goal, he should do plenty of damage at this level.

Errill – Paddy Hassett

The Errill footballers are set to embark on the longest trip in Laois GAA this year as they head for Barrowhouse.

They have a young team and will be hoping that sharpshooting Premier Intermediate hurler Paddy Hassett can do the same with a bigger ball.

Annanough – Jack Fennelly

Relegated from Intermediate in 2020, Annanough will be hoping to bounce back at the first time of asking as they did in 2019.

They have added Jack Fennelly this year and he has slotted straight into midfield where his fielding and running power make him a real asset.

Spink – Aaron O’Dea

Spink are back at the Junior A grade following their win in the Junior B final a few weeks ago.

Aaron O’Dea came off the bench in that final to score a cracking goal and we can expect to see plenty of him this year.

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