Offaly to face local rivals Laois in Leinster U21 Football semi-final

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Offaly's U21 footballers will face neighbours Laois in the semi-final of the EirGrid Leinster U21 Football Championship next week. Their opponents were revealed when Laois put in an exceptional display, led by Sean Moore, to beat Louth 2-13 to 1-08 on Wednesday evening, March 8.

Moore actually recorded a personal tally the same as Louth's total score (1-08) and really led from the front in a dominant performance. Louth had few answers in O'Moore Park, and trailed 2-07 to 1-04 down at the break.

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Louth were still close enough to mount a challenge upon the restart but six points was as close as they got as Laois continued to keep them at bay, eventually going on to inflict an eight-point defeat on the Louth men.

Offaly and Laois will face off after the Faithful beat Wexford last week in a tense affair in tough conditions in Gracefield, running out 1-06 to 0-06 winners in their quarter-final. The semi-final is set to take place at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow next Wednesday, March 15.

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In the other semi-final, also to be played next Wednesday, favourites Dublin go up against Longford after their respective quarter-final victories last week. Dublin beat Westmeath 2-14 to 0-06, while Longford surprised Kildare, beating the Lillies 2-06 to 0-10.