Portlaoise v Arles Kilcruise
Recent rivalry adds spice to this fixture as finalists for the past two years, Arles Kilcruise, face a Portlaoise side chasing a monumental five-in-a-row in the Laois Senior football Championship quarter-final at Pairc Ui Mhordha-Portlaoise on Saturday at 6pm.
At the time writing, Kilcruise are threatening to pull out of this weekend’s fixture due to first choice player Rory Styles long standing agreement to be best man at a wedding in England on Saturday afternoon. An application for a change of date has been refused pointing out it was agreed beforehand that the first two teams drawn out would play on Friday and second two teams would play Saturday.
Kilcruise, founded in 1995, were willing to play on either Friday or Sunday and they believed that other clubs involved were willing to allow the Maroon and White to be facilitated, however this application was also thrown out. As of right now the game is still scheduled to take place despite objections of the 2003 Senior Football Champions.
The reigning Laois and seven time Leinster champions, Portlaoise, are without doubt odds on favourites to retain their crown for a record 27th ever Senior Football Championship title.
The recent history involving both teams starts with the final in 2009 where the White and Green edged out Kilcruise by four points to secure a hat-trick of county titles. They made history becoming the third ever team to win four-in-a-row narrowly defeating this weekend’s opposition by a goal in 2010. In this year’s Championship, Portlaoise have been in scintillating form hammering the like of Ballylian with ruthless efficiency.
Kilcruise will be hoping county stars Ross Munnelly and Kevin Meany will be on form to continue their decent run. It was Munnelly’s class that was the difference in their three point defeat of The Rock and he and the team will need to be on song if Portlaoise are to be stopped.