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Pedigree Portlaoise unlikely to stumble

PORTLAOISE (Laois) v ST PATRICK'S (Louth)

(Portlaoise, Tomorrow 2.30)

Any team with Paddy Keenan in its ranks has a fighting chance.

The driving force for both club and county, Keenan proved the late saviour for St Patrick's in the drawn Louth final and then bundled home the pivotal goal in their replay with Newtown Blues.

For all that, Keenan will require super-human support from his team-mates because Portlaoise look the pedigree outfit in this year's Leinster field.

They beat Graiguecullen at their leisure to complete their Laois five-in-a-row and, even without the Oz-returned Zach Tuohy, are unlikely to falter.

ODDS: Portlaoise 1/9, Draw 11/1, St Patrick's 13/2

VERDICT: Portlaoise


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