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Laois U-20 footballers learn Leinster semi final opponents following quarter final games

Laois U-20 footballers 2023
Photo: Denis Byrne

The Laois U-20 footballers will take on Kildare in the Leinster U-20 championship semi finals next Tuesday.

Tom Byrne and Sean O’Shea’s charges will face Kildare and the game is set to take place Portlaoise (although that has to be confirmed) with the other semi final seeing Dublin clash with Meath.

Tonight’s action saw the quarter finals take place as Westmeath took on Meath and Louth hosted Kildare.

In dreadful conditions, Meath defeated Westmeath by 0-8 to 1-3 while Kildare had three points to spare over Louth – 0-12 to 1-6.

To reach this stage, Laois have recorded a perfect championship season so far.

Laois began their campaign exactly four weeks ago when they travelled to Dr Cullen Park to face Carlow.

The conditions were simply horrific as the rain and wind drove across the pitch and into the terrace – but Laois won 1-12 to 1-10.

Round 2 against Longford was a real topsy-turvy affair as Laois went ten points up after 18 minutes but found themselves two points down with 13 minutes to play.

However, they kicked the final five points of the game to win 2-12 to 2-9 in the end. 

With Laois now guaranteed to progress, they went into their final game at home to Meath with a free shot to reach a semi final.

Conor Brown and sub Colin Dunne were the heroes as they defeated Meath 1-12 to 1-7. 

Should Laois win again next Tuesday, the Leinster final will take place exactly seven days later.

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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.