After two exciting games, we will bring you all the action from two more to finish out the day.
The games continue at 4pm as Arles-Killeen take on Stradbally in the third match this Sunday.
There hasn’t been a massive amount of championship fixtures between these two over the years with their last meeting a 2-12 to 1-8 win for Arles-Killeen in 2013 though Stradbally did triumph in the fixture in the 2007 semi-final and on their way to the 2005 final.
Both have fallen somewhat from the level of contesting for championship success with Stradbally in three of the last four relegation finals since famously claiming glory in 2016.
As always Arles-Killeen will look to the Kingstons for scores though the likes of Conor Keightley, Sean O’Shea and Jason Enright are well able of contributing too and in Colin Dunne they have one of Laois’s top underage forwards making his championship debut.
For a club that has relied so heavily on such a great generation of players, now all almost all well into their 30s, it’s incredibly bad luck to lose Oisin Byrne, a county minor of recent years, to injury this year.
Stradbally aren’t without their injury worries either and it’s hard to see much in it, with Killeen on top when the sides met in the league.
A long day of games concludes with the meeting of Clonaslee-St Manman’s and St Joseph’s at 6pm.
Intermediate champions five times in the past 22 years, the latest group of Clonaslee players possibly look better equipped to tackle senior than their predecessors.
They’ve plenty of pace and mobility and in Niall Corbet have a marquee forward.
While Joseph’s have been defensively solid, they’ve struggled to get the big scores needed to properly challenge.
They’ll be in good physical shape, well organised and in their second year under Mick Dempsey.
It’s a chance for Clonaslee but St Joseph’s have far more credit in the bank and it’s hard to go against them.
At full time, we’ll then have the draws for Round 2 of the SFC and IFC.
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