Clough Ballacolla (Laois)1-16– Kilmacud Crokes 1-13
KILMACUD CROKES’ dreams of a Leinster hurling and also football double were offered a shuddering stop by a ‘Picky’ Maher inspired Clough Ballacolla last Saturday night.
The Laois champs produced an enormous shock to discard the Dubliners out of the Leinster Championship, however the Stilorgin club will continue their search of provincial and also All-Ireland club football splendor back at headquarters this Saturday night as they take on another Laois challenger in the shape of Portarlington.
Paul Mannion, who has actually been the leading light in Crokes ‘go to the Dublin title as well as the rural last 4, will certainly be back on familiar lawn at Croke Park after an inter-county occupation that saw him generate 8 Celtic Crosses before the age of 27 in the blue of
Dublin. Kilmacud are the 10/3 favourites to lift the Andy Merrigan Cup at the end of it all, yet they will certainly deal with a tricky challenger in the kind of a Portarlington side that have actually impressed on their trip to Croker.
The champions will face either Kildare debutants Naas or Wexford’s Shelmaliers in the Leinster last early in the brand-new year.