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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from tonight’s Round 2 SFC and IFC games

It is an extremely busy Saturday on the Laois GAA front with no fewer than 14 significant games down for decision.

We have two SFC games, two IFC games, three JFC matches, two Ladies SFC matches, both MHC semi finals and three U-15 finals.

For our live blog, we will focus on four of these with the action commencing here at 5.30pm.

In Ratheniska, Arles-Kilcruise face Portlaoise in the Qualifiers Section of Round 2 of the IFC.

While at the same time in Portarlington, a semi final spot is up for grabs as Mountmellick take on O’Dempsey’s.

There are two senior games in O’Moore Park, and the first of them gets underway at 6pm as Arles-Killeen face Killeshin.

Killeshin were well beaten by Ballyroan-Abbey in Round 1 two weeks ago and are still likely to be without the likes of Shane Bolger through injury.

Arles-Killeen were competitive for 40 minutes against Stradbally but died off and lost heavily in the end.

There are concerns about the fitness of Donie Kingston and they really need him firing to get out of this predicament.

Killeshin are the favourites but this one could be close. While the second game throws in at 7.30pm and sees Emo take on neighbours The Heath.

Defeated semi finalists from 2020, Emo got off to a bad start by losing 2-18 to 0-14 to O’Dempsey’s.

They were without Finbarr Crowley that day and while he is now back in the country, it is understood he is now struggling with injury.

The Heath lost out to Graiguecullen in Round 1 and their injury list has grown since.

Jimmy Nerney, PJ Daly and Alan Whelan missed that game while Ciaran Booth is set to join them on the sidelines through injury and they are also set to be without youngster Aaron Thornton.

This should be an opportunity for Emo to get their season back on track.

You can follow all the action as it happens from the games below:

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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.