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Monday 11 December 2017

Port' poised for a repeat of fantastic four

LAOIS SFC FINAL

PORTLAOISE v ARLES-KILCRUISE

(O'Moore Park, Tomorrow 3.30)

IT has been an emotional fortnight for Portlaoise, left to absorb the terribly sad loss of Peter McNulty, but they will hope for some county final closure tomorrow as they go chasing a famous four-timer.

Port' last achieved four-in-a-row in 1987 and they are almost unbackable favourites to repeat the deal against last year's beaten finalists, Arles-Kilcruise.

The challengers' cause has been seriously weakened by the dislocated elbow that looks set to rule out skipper Chris Conway -- he suffered the injury during their 1-9 to 1-8 semi-final win over Graiguecullen.

Meanwhile, in their delayed semi-final, Portlaoise paid a fitting tribute to their deceased comrade with a comfortable 0-12 to 1-1 over Stradbally.

Zach Tuohy and Hugh Coghlan, their recent acquisition from St Vincent's in Dublin, both impressed on their first starting appearances of the campaign, while Barry Fitzgerald came off the bench for his first competitive outing since their All Ireland semi-final loss to Kilmurry-Ibrickane back in February.

ODDS: Portlaoise 1/6, Draw 10/1, Arles-Kilcruise 9/2

VERDICT: Portlaoise

FIXTURES

TODAY

GALWAY SHC SEMI-FINAL REPLAY

Athenry: Loughrea v Portumna, 4.0.

CORK SFC SEMI-FINAL

Páirc Uí Rinn: St Finbarr's v Carbery Rangers, 8.0.

TYRONE SFC SEMI-FINAL REPLAY

Pomeroy: Carrickmore v Omagh, 4.0.

WATERFORD SHC S-FINAL REPLAY

Fraher Field: Ballygunner v Lismore, 3.30.

SUNDAY

CONNACHT CLUB SFC PRELIM ROUND

Kiltoom: Eastern Harps (Sligo) v St Brigid's (Roscommon), 3.30.

ULSTER CLUB SFC FIRST ROUND

Kingscourt: Kingscourt Stars (Cavan) v Naomh Conaill (Donegal), 3.30.

KILDARE SFC FINAL

Newbridge: Sarsfields v Moorefield, 3.30.

CARLOW SFC FINAL

Dr Cullen Pk: Rathvilly v Old Leighlin, 3.45.

LIMERICK SFC FINAL

Gaelic Grounds: Adare v Monaleen.

OFFALY SHC FINAL

O'Connor Pk: Coolderry v Tullamore, 3.30.

KERRY SFC FINAL

Tralee: Dr Crokes v Austin Stacks, 3.30.

EVENING HERALD DUBLIN SFC FINAL

Parnell Pk: St Brigid's v Kilmacud, 4.0.

GALWAY SFC FINAL

Pearse Stadium: Corofin v Killererin, Pearse Stadium, 3.30.

LIMERICK SFC FINAL

Newcastlewest: Adare v Monaleen, 3.30.

LAOIS SFC FINAL

O'Moore Park, Portlaoise: Portlaoise v Arles-Kilcruise, 3.30.

DOWN SFC FINAL

Newry: Bryansford v Burren, 4.0.

ARMAGH SFC FINAL

Athletics Grounds: Crossmaglen v Dromintee, 3.30.

WATERFORD SFC FINAL

Fraher Field: Stradbally v Ballinacourty, 3.30.

MONAGHAN SFC FINAL REPLAY

Inniskeen: Clontibret v Magheracloone, 3.30.

WESTMEATH SHC FINAL

Cusack Park: Clonkillv Raharney, 3.30.

TIPPERARY SHC SEMI-FINALS

Thurles: Clonoulty Ross' v Kildangan, 2.0.

Thurles: Thurles Sars' v Toomevara, 3.30.

CLARE SHC FINAL

Cusack Park: Cratloe v Crusheen, 3.30.

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