Looking ahead to Friday evening’s Laois senior and intermediate championship football action

first_imgHome Gaelic Football Club Football Looking ahead to Friday evening’s Laois senior and intermediate championship football action Gaelic FootballClub FootballGAASport GAA WhatsApp Facebook By Steven Miller – 9th August 2019 Evin Keane shoots for The Heath against Tom Dunne, St. Joseph’s, during the 2016 ACFL Division 1 final. Picture: Alf Harvey Brought to you in association with Sammy Kelly BuildersThe first of the Laois SFC Round 2 action gets underway this evening with the meeting of St Joseph’s and The Heath while there is also two big games in the intermediate football championship.We look ahead to the action here.Laois SFC Round 2 Qualifier – St Joseph’s v The HeathIn O’Moore Park at 7.45pmThe losers round isn’t where anybody wants to be and this is a tie neither side would fancy.Two teams that have threatened to step up in the last couple of years – but only a couple of quarter-final appearances and one semi-final outing between.Both are down on previous years and both lost by double figures in the opening round.St Joseph’s were more impressive against O’Dempsey’s than The Heath were against Portarlington. Brian Daly for Joseph’s and Evin Keane for The Heath could be back available but it would appear that Joseph’s have greater room for improvement.A loss for The Heath would send them into the relegation playoffs for the third time in four years.Story so far: St Joseph’s were beaten 2-15 to 0-11 by O’Dempseys while The Heath lost 0-19 to 0-7 to Portarlington.Last meeting: St Joseph’s got the better of The Heath in the opening round of last year’s championship on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-9 en route to a semi-final appearance. The Heath had to win a playoff against Ballyfin Gaels to avoid going into the relegation finalOdds: St Joseph’s 4/11; The Heath 5/2; Draw 8/1Prediction: St Joseph’sLaois IFC Round 2 Qualifier – Timahoe v ClonasleeIn Portarlington at 7.30pmLike the senior game above, this isn’t a game either side wanted to be in.Both were rightly considered among the championship contenders in this grade before the opening round – but both disappointed and the losers of this fixture will be out of the championship and into a relegation decider.The red cards picked up Sean Condon and Glenn McEvoy in Clonaslee’s loss to Portlaoise means those two are suspended and Clonaslee could struggle without them.Timahoe were only narrowly beaten by Mountmellick but it was a poor game and they’ll have to step it up to make it to the business end.Niall Corbet is an incredible free-taker for Clonaslee but if Timahoe can limit his opportunities, they may have enough at the other end to pull through.Story so far: Clonaslee were beaten 2-12 to 0-9 by Portlaoise while Timahoe lost 0-10 to 0-8 to MountmellickLast meeting: The last time these two met in a championship game was the 2015 IFC semi-final, a game Clonaslee won en route to winning the title. Prediction: TimahoeLaois IFC Round 2 Winners – Rosenallis v The RockIn Mountmellick at 7.30pmThere will be plenty of rivalry in this one with former Rock players Mark and Paddy Dunne very much central to the Rosenallis effort.Mark is a key man at centre-forward with Paddy back for his second spell as manager having previously guided the club to Laois and Leinster titles in 2016 and to an intermediate semi-final in his first year in charge in 2017.Both would have played with many of the current Rock team, particularly their long-serving players like the McDonalds, Philip Peake and David Murphy and some of their management team.The Rock beat St Joseph’s to come through Round 1 while Rosenallis got the better of Annanough.The Rock would appear to have progressed a bit from last season but Rosenallis had five points to spare when they met in last year’s championship and should still have enough.Story so far: Last year’s Laois minor captain Sean O’Neill helped The Rock to a 2-9 to 0-8 win over St Joseph’s in a game that bizarrely saw five players red carded. Rosenallis also had a seven-point win in their opening game, beating Annanough 2-14 to 3-4.Last meeting: The sides met at the same stage in last year’s championship when Rosenallis were 1-16 to 0-14 winners in Portarlington.Prediction: RosenallisSEE ALSO – Our updated Laois club football rankings after all of the Round 1 action WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Twitter Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleCome dine with friends for a worthy causeNext articleWeekend Read: Zach Tuohy on his AFL title hopes, aiming for history and his new project Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA GAA Looking ahead to Friday evening’s Laois senior and intermediate championship football action TAGSClonaslee v TimahoeLaois IFCLaois SFCRosenallis v The RockSt Joseph’s v The Heath last_img read more