Graiguecullen hold their nerve to end 30 year wait

Graiguecullen rewarded their supporters for 30 years of patience, as they qualified for their first Laois SFC final since 1981 courtesy of a three point victory over neighbours Arles-Killeen.

Graiguecullen rewarded their supporters for 30 years of patience, as they qualified for their first Laois SFC final since 1981 courtesy of a three point victory over neighbours Arles-Killeen.

Graiguecullen 0-11

Arles-Killeen 0-8

It was tense, edgy, scrappy and every other word you could think of to describe a game which lacked in quality but redeemed itself in suspense. Graiguecullen didn’t give Portlaoise too much to worry themselves with in their performance here, but that’s probably just the way they would want it, as they prepare for the final with the experience of getting through this close encounter fresh in their minds.

They took their time to hit any kind of form too, labouring in possession for large spells of the first half, and only taking the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute. Up to that point, Arles-Killeen had first out-gunned them and then matched them blow-for-blow, before eventually being powerless to stop a late Graigue dash for the finishing line.

See this week’s Leinster Express for full report