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Laois footballers learn their fate as draw made for Tailteann Cup semi-finals

Evan O'Carroll Laois footballers

The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the 2023 Tailteann Cup.

After victory away to Limerick on Saturday, Laois will be on the road again this weekend.

They have been drawn to face Down with the game due to take place on Sunday, June 25, in Croke Park.The other semi-final sees Meath take on Antrim.

It will be Laois’s first championship clash against Down since an All Ireland Qualifier in Newry in 2009.

Down, who finished mid-table in Division 3 of the National League, beat Donegal in the Ulster championship before losing to Armagh. In the Tailteann Cup they had routine wins over Tipperary and Waterford in the group stages before losing to Meath in their final game.

They have since beaten Longford and Cavan to reach the last four.

Should Laois win, they will be through to the final which will also take place in Croke Park in three weeks time.

Laois’s Tailteann Cup journey has certainly been filled with many highs and lows – but more of the former lately.

Laois began with a nine point defeat against Cavan and then drew with Offaly despite being six points up with 67 minutes played.

Laois faced London in Parnell Park in their final group game where a late Niall Corbet point salvaged a draw.

But their fortunes finally turned two weeks when they went away to Fermanagh and won – a 1-11 to 1-9 victory in Enniskillen to reviving their season.

And they followed that up on Saturday as a dramatic finish saw them come from five points down to defeat Limerick.

Both Tailteann Cup semi-finals will be live on RTE – but the exact throw-in times won’t be confirmed until later today.

Tailteann Cup Semi Finals

  • Laois v Down
  • Meath v Antrim

Meanwhile, the draw for the preliminary quarter finals of the All-Ireland football championship also took place.

All-Ireland Preliminary Quarter Finals 

  • Kildare v Monaghan
  • Cork v Roscommon
  • Donegal v Tyrone
  • Galway v Mayo

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