Portarlington v Stradbally
Laois SFC Quarter Final – In O’Moore Park at 7pm
The quarter finals of the Laois Senior football championship gets underway this evening.
The action was due to begin at 5.30pm but the match between Emo and Graiguecullen has been postponed due to a bereavement.
So, this year’s quarter finals begin with the meeting of the 2020 and 2016 champions.
The sides met in Round 1 last year and Portarlington came from behind in a game that was played in the Centre of Excellence.
Having trailed from the 15th minute to the 49th, Port timed their late run to perfection. Ronan Coffey came to the fore for them after Colm Murphy went off injured early in the second half.
Coffey hit 0-5 after Murphy’s departure, including the last three points of the game to put the seal on the win – 1-12 to 0-12.
Since then, Portarlington went on and won last year’s championship before beginning this one with wins over Ballyfin and Courtwood.
Stradbally stayed up by defeating Arles-Kilcruise last year and began this season with a win over Arles-Killeen.
They lost out to Graiguecullen in Round 2 but scored three great goals to see off Killeshin in Round 3.
Robbie Pigott missed the first two rounds for Portarlington through injury but he is expected to return for this one.
Stradbally are sweating over the fitness of Darragh Carolan but would hope to have Benny Lawlor back.
Odds – Portarlington 1/7, Stradbally 5/1, Draw 12/1
Laois JFC Quarter Finals
The four Junior football championship quarter finals are all down for decision at 3.30pm today.
The four group winners have home advantage for these games which take place today.
2020 defeated finalists Portlaoise host Barrowhouse in a repeat of last year’s quarter final tie which the Town won after extra time.
They lost Scott Lawless to their intermediate team two weeks ago and that will certainly help Barrowhouse’s cause.
Ballyroan-Abbey have been impressive at this grade thus far and they host The Harps.
The latter gave a walkover in their first game and then lost to Portlaoise before beating Portarlington twice (once in a playoff) to reach this stage.
The Harps are now fully concentrating on this competition after their hurlers stayed up and will give this a right rattle.
The third game at 3.30pm is the only all-Junior-first-team affair as Annanough host Kilcavan.
Annanough topped their group on points difference after defeating Killeshin but losing to Spink.
Incredibly, this will be Kilcavan’s first meaningful game. Camross withdrew from the competition meaning both they and St Joseph’s were assured of passage to the knock-outs when they met two weeks ago.
They were heavily beaten in that match though and will have to improve to be competitive here.
While the fourth game sees the aforementioned St Joseph’s host Killeshin in the only all-second-team contest.
Both sides will not lose any players to their senior teams as they are already out but St Joseph’s may prove the stronger here.