It is all to play for in the Kildare senior football championship with the semi-finals down for decision.
They too make very interesting reading and the draw has already decided that there will be a North-South final
The first semi-final sees something of a local derby as near neighbours and arch rivals, Athy and St Laurence’s go head to head.
Athy will go into this game as slight favourites after finishing in fourth position in the league and taking some notable scalps along the way including Moorefield and of course this weekend’s opponents.
They are also unbeaten in the championship. In the quarter-final, they came up against the former aristocrats of Kildare football, Sarsfields in an eventful encounter. With Athy leading by two points and the game heading into injury time, Sarsfields managed to get three players sent off and finished the game with 12 men.
In this game, Athy will once again be led by Kildare’s Mick Foley at centre-back while up front, they will be hoping that Daroch Mulhall and Cian Reynolds can kick the scores to win them a place in the final.
However, this is a local derby and St Laurence’s are bound to provide a stern challenge to Athy. They did not enjoy as successful a league campaign as their opponents but they have shown battling qualities to reach this stage of the championship. They have a couple of players who have returned from America in time for the latter stages of the championship and these are bound to provide a huge boost.
They won the title two years ago when beating Athy along the way. They have been threatening to dominate the Kildare championship for years and have been in seven semi-finals in eight years.
This is an extremely difficult game to call. Athy may well have youth on their side but the ‘Larries’ have been there before.
Verdict: St Laurence’s