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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 19, 2021, 02:05:23 PM »
Port look like they will be difficult to stop for two in a row. Hopefully the incoming Laois manager, whoever it is, can get a few more of their lads to go in with the county panel.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 17, 2021, 09:52:16 PM »
Shocking bad luck for Ballyfin. They draw Port in the opening round and will feel they could have beat them as well. Then they get Portlaoise the next day and would have definitely beaten that if they had 15 men on the pitch. They should have plenty to spare over whoever they get in the relegation semi-final, but it might be hard to raise morale after two heartbreaking defeats like that.

Portlaoise will be over the moon just to still be in championship as was seen in the celebrations at the final whistle. They are no doubt in decline though and the players don’t seem all that happy with the management team at times. Which ever team plays them in round 3 should have no fear of them like Ballyfin and Courtwood showed already.

Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: September 17, 2021, 04:20:51 PM »
It should definitely be reduced to 12, if not 8 teams. Too many clubs can just win a single match against poor opposition and be happy enough to keep calling themselves Senior for another year. Stradbally are a good example of this. They won Senior in 2016, then seemed to take a few years off before deciding to give it a proper go again.

That said, fair play to Clonaslee on their win last night. Corbet should be given a chance to play out the field for the Seniors as he is very composed on the ball and can kick frees all day. That would give someone like Byron or even Brody if he’s interested a chance to play in goals.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 14, 2021, 05:33:12 PM »
Ballylinan, Portlaoise, Killeshin, The Heath, Port, Ballyroan Abbey, O’Dempseys and Graiguecullen all to win at the weekend.

I think Killeen could be in real bother and I’d tip them as favourites for relegation.

GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 11, 2021, 07:06:02 PM »
How the fk did Horan leave AOS on the entire game?! I was cheering for Mayo at the start but that annoyed me no end.

Tyrone much more composed and assure of themselves on the ball. Fair play to them and I hope they give Dublin/Kerry many more challenges to come.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 08, 2021, 03:29:04 PM »
I think people are overrating Stradbally’s performance a good bit here. Killeen got destroyed by Emo in the Division 1B league final by Emo, who then went and got well beat themselves by O’Dempseys in the first round of championship.

Obviously the 3 lads will make a difference but I still don’t see them beating Port. As Laoisabu said above, I like the look of Ballyroan Abbey who could be the big challengers this season and I think they’ll beat Joseph’s the next day by 3-5 points. They have some very good youngsters (Diarmuid Whelan, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Brian Whelan, Davin McEvoy), the likes of Padraig McMahon, MJ Tierney and Marty Scully provide a bit of experience and a decent manager in Clancy who has them well organised.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 06, 2021, 05:11:40 PM »
Niall Corbet should be given a chance to play out the field for Laois next year. Very natural footballer and a good free taker as well which we need.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 05, 2021, 07:40:05 PM »
Senior round 2 draw...

Winners Section:

Portarlington v Courtwood
Ballyroan v St Joseph's
O'Dempseys v Rosenallis
Stradbally v Graiguecullen

Losers Section:

Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
The Heath v Emo
Portlaoise v Ballyfin
Clonaslee St Manmans v Ballylinan

Some interesting ties in there. Courtwood will have a right go at Port and shouldn't lack for confidence afte beating Portlaoise. Ballyroan and St Joseph's could both be two dark horses for the championship. You could argue Portlaoise got the hardest draw in the losers section in Ballyfin as well.

Laois / Re: Laois Intermediate Football Championship 2020
« on: September 05, 2021, 11:12:45 AM »
I wouldn’t write off Arles-Kilcruise yet. I think they’ll have something to say by the end of it, maybe even a rematch against Mountmellick in the final.

That Portlaoise result highlights another one of their issues. Focused on trying to win a Junior championship rather than build a strong second team to push their Senior team on that bit more.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 02, 2021, 09:16:33 PM »
Fair play to Courtwood tonight. Eddie Kinsella has them flying fit and Niall Donoher is an absolute joy to watch play football.

That said, if anyone wonders why Laois football is in a poor state, look no further than Portlaoise’s performance this evening. Without Bruno they look out of ideas going forward and they still rely mainly on Lillis, Boyle, Cahillane and Dillon to try and get them over the line.

GAA Discussion / Re: AIF 2021 -- Maigh Eo vs Tír Eoghain
« on: September 01, 2021, 06:35:38 PM »
Are Brendan Harrison and Enda Hession in contention to start for Mayo.  Will Tyrone start McShane or Canavan? Will O'Shea be moved to centre field and Tyrone weakness?

Harrison only got a few minutes in extra-time the last day, so I doubt he's fit to start. Hession was very impressive when he came on with his pace and lack of fear breaking the Dublin defensive lines in that second half so he should definitely be in contention.

McShane should be sprung off the bench where he's been most effective. Canavan is very young and hasn't played much this year due to injury, so I think the Tyrone management will side with experience on the big day.

James Horan should drop O'Shea. He was a liability against Dublin with his inability to track runners. He's just not suited to the wide open spaces of Croke Park.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: August 29, 2021, 02:48:47 PM »
Emo have a couple of decent young lads who weren’t eligible to play in 2020 semi-final but can play now. I think they’ll beat O’Dempsey’s and be there or thereabouts again.

I doubt Courtwood will actually beat Portlaoise but they will be competitive with them. Eddie Kinsella will have them fit and they should have no fear of them.

I’m interested to see how Ballyroan Abbey go this year. Might be a year or two too early for them but some very exciting talent there. Regardless, it will of course be Portarlington’s championship to lose. I think Jason Moore is gone and will be a loss if so but they have the depth there to cover that.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 28, 2021, 04:14:52 PM »
Ridiculous score from Morgan there. Kerry have been fairly poor. I expect them up it in the second half and win by 3-4 points.

GAA Discussion / Re: Tyrone v Kerry - All-Ireland SF 2021
« on: August 28, 2021, 04:01:39 PM »
McCurry needs to get taken off at half-time. Tyrone been good apart from him.

Laois / Re: Laois ACFL Division 1A 2021
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:12:35 PM »
Portarlington with another very good win tonight. Didn’t start at full strength yet were eight points up at half time. Portlaoise miss Bruno’s presence up front a lot. They’re not as feared without him.

Hard to see Portarlington being bet in the 2021 championship but maybe Portlaoise will find a way to up it a few gears. Aside from the top two, Ballyroan have a few nice young players and they could be 3rd best, but might be a year or two early for them yet.

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