Portlaoise and Arles-Killeen to meet again in Laois SFC Final

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Donie Brennan shoots for Arles Killeen against Danny Alsybury, Graiguecullen in the Laois Shopping Centre SFC semi-final at O'Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie
Portlaoise and Arles-Killeen will meet in the Laois Senior Football Final for the second year in a row after both sides came through their respective semi-finals on Sunday.

Portlaoise and Arles-Killeen will meet in the Laois Senior Football Final for the second year in a row after both sides came through their respective semi-finals on Sunday.

Arles-Killeen got the better of Graiguecullen in the opening game in O’Moore Park on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-9. Arles-Killeen dominated the first-half and led by 0-9 to 0-2 at the break having played with the wind with Graiguecullen struggling to get a foothold in the game.

However the side from the Carlow border were much improved in the second-half with the elements in their favour and set about reducing the lead but the goal so desperately needed never materialised. When the final whistle went, Arles-Killeen still held a three point advantage to secure their place in the county final for the second consecutive year.

Meanwhile Portlaoise remain on course for a record eighth title in a row after seeing off the challenge of O’Dempsey’s. After playing with the wind in the first-half, O’Dempsey’s went to the break 1-4 to 0-4 ahead with the goal coming from Michael Finlay just before the break. However O’Dempsey’s struggled for scores into the wind although Portlaoise made hard work of getting back into the game as they hit a host of wides.

It was a goal from Craig Rogers seven minutes from time that eventually decided the game as Portlaoise got their noses in front and pulled away to win by 1-12 to 1-6.

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See this Tuesday’s Leinster Express for full reports and reaction from the games.