Portarlington (@1.5) vs Graiguecullen (@3.0)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Portarlington will win

Portarlington – Graiguecullen Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:00

Scott Osbourne in goal made a couple of timely saves and his accurate kick outs provided the platform for a considerable amount of Port attacks. Special mention to the minor stars who made the step up to U21; Eoin Kennedy, Alex Mohan, Colin Slevin, Curtis Lyons, Ronan Coffey and Jordan Fitzpatrick who were all excellent. Best for Port in a fine team performance were Captain Paddy OSullivan and Graham Weldon at centrefield, Robbie Pigott was commanding at centre back, and Colm Murphy with Jake Foster the pick of the forwards. Diarmuid Bennett was excellent in marshalling a youthful fullback line with Steven Lyons and Evan Clancy providing guile and industry in the forwards.

Port U21s claimed the Laois U21 Championship Saturday evening for the first time since 1993 in emphatic style against a spirited Graiguecullen in a damp OMoore Park, Saturday evening. Hopes were high of a high quality encounter as both teams have played out an absorbing rivalry over the past few seasons with Port Minor Champions in 2014, and Graigue champions in 2015.

Subs: Daniel Silke Featherson Blessington,JP NolanAn Tochar,Hugh O'TooleBaltinglass,Cormac McGraynorAvondale, Cian TimmonsAn Tochar, Andrew NolanAn Tochar, Oisin MorrisseyMichael Dwyers, Rory O'DareTinahely, Shane ArthurDerry Gaels,Sean HarmonMichael Dwyers, Ryan KavanaghSt Patricks, Conor MurphyBray Emmet,Ewan CultbertRathnew, Patrick MurphyTinahely, Stephen ConnollyBaltinglass, Sam BishopAshford, Oisin GormanTinahely, Brandon HanlonAGB, Calum MuttonTinahely, Mickey O'TooleBlessington, Ryan DelamereAn Tochar, Conor ByrneDerry Gaels,Niall SheehanAn Tochar, Kevin LeonardBarndarrig, Neil O'GalloighoirBlessington.

Portarlington GAA Club

Subs/Panel: Daniel Silke Featherson Blessington, JP Nolan An Tochar, Hugh OToole Baltinglass, Cormac McGraynor Avondale, Cian Timmons An Tochar, Andrew Nolan An Tochar, Oisin Morrissey Michael Dwyers, Rory ODare Tinahely, Shane Arthur Derry Gaels, Sean Harmon Michael Dwyers, Ryan Kavanagh St Patricks, Conor Murphy Bray Emmet, Ewan Cultbert Rathnew, Patrick Murphy Tinahely, Stephen Connolly Baltinglass, Sam Bishop Ashford, Oisin Gorman Tinahely, Brandon Hanlon AGB, Calum Mutton Tinahely, Mickey OToole Blessington, Ryan Delamere An Tochar, Conor Byrne Derry Gaels, Niall Sheehan An Tochar, Kevin Leonard Barndarrig, Neil OGalloighoir Blessington .

Port had dominated possession and scoring chances in the first half and truth be told should had been another five or six scores up given the amount of chances they created. Coming up to half time Port led 0-6 to 0-4 through scores, 2 apiece from Graham Weldon and Colm Murphy, while Graigue had tagged on scores through a Danny Bolger free and a fine effort from Thomas Brennan.

Ger Kieran; Trevor Collins, Tunde Ogunfowora, Sean Farrell; Kyle OBrien, Eoin Alsybury, Martin Doyle; Jamie Sheehan, Danny Bolger; Dean Malone, Brian Byrne, Paul Mulready; Thomas Brennan, Danny OReilly, Ethan ONeill.

LAOIS: Josh Kelly (Crettyard); Sam Quinn (Ballyroan-Abbey), Kian Lawler (Graiguecullen), Dan Daly (The Heath); Ben Dempsey (Portlaoise), Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Padraig Rafter (Rathdowney); Ben Reddin (Portlaoise), Oisin Hooney (St Josephs); Josh Hogan (Portlaoise), Brian Smith (Portlaoise), Ross Meredith (Emo); DJ White (Portlaoise), Colin Dunne (Arles-Killeen), Odhran Delaney (Ballyroan-Abbey).

Round 3[edit]

Wicklow: Sean ONeill Eire Og, Mark Evans St.

Laois 2-8 Wicklow 0-7 Laois claimed victory in the Gerry Reilly Leinster U16 Shield Final played in Millbrook, Oldcastle on Saturday afternoon with a blitz in the last quarter which saw them score 2 crucial goals. But then when Colin Dunne got Laoiss first goal in the final quarter, they got on top and Wicklow seemed to tire. Laois had the strong wind advange in the first half, but it was Wicklow had the first scoring chance when their goal attempt was deflected for a 45. Joe Mills equalised for Wicklow, But Colin Dunne put Laois ahead with 2 points(1f). Wicklows, Joe Mills second point before DJ White pointed from a free to leave 2 between the sides at the break H/T: Laois 04 Wicklow 0-2 Wicklow now had the wind and went on to lead for the first time with 4 points added to Laoiss single point. Laois got the first score when Colin Dunne pointed. Wicklow never gave up, but the result was put beyond any doubt with Adam Burns second goal for Laois as time ran out.

The championship had a back-door format for the first two rounds before proceeding to a knock-out format. The tournament consisted of 16 teams with the winner going on to represent Laois in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship. The 2018 Laois Senior Football Championship was the 128th edition of the Laois GAA's premier club Gaelic football tournament for senior graded teams in County Laois, Ireland. Generally, any team to lose two matches will be knocked out of the championship.