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Offaly champions Bracknagh chasing Leinster glory against Rosenallis

Offaly's Bracknagh and Laois' Rosenallis battling for Leinster glory

Offaly Intermediate Champions Bracknagh go in search of Leinster glory this Saturday when they face Laois side Rosenallis in the Leinster Junior Club Football Final at 2pm in O'Connor Park in Tullamore.

While Bracknagh will be much more familiar with their surroundings, Rosenallis are actually eight miles closer to the Tullamore venue making this a real local derby. Less than 20 miles separates the two teams.

Bracknagh made it through to the Junior Leinster final even though they lost their first round game in the Offaly Intermediate Championship against Rhode by 1-11 to 0-10.

Bracknagh bounced back beating Erin Rovers twice in the following two games, scoring eight goals in the process. In the Offaly Intermediate Final, Bracknagh defeated Shannonbride in a lower scoring duel by 0-11 to 0-5.

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In the first round of the Leinster Junior Championship, Bracknagh and St Kevins from Louth played out a thrilling draw, 1-14 to 2-11. Bracknagh snatched it by three in the replay though the following Saturday, again after extra time by 1-17 to 2-11

When it came to the quarter final, Bracknagh stepped up to the mark beating Wicklows Ashford by 12 points on the day.

The semi final also proved no difficulty for Bracknagh as the comfortably overcame Kilcullen from neighbouring county Kildare by 2-15 to 0-8.

Bracknagh now go on to face Rosenallis who are also in the Leinster Club Junior Hurling semi-final the following weekend.

They have racked up wins over Stardbally, Park Ratheniska, The Heath and Graigcullen in Laois and went on to beat Bective of Meath and Castletown-Finea-Coole-Whitehall of Westmeath in the Leinster Championship.

Rosenallis are yet to lose a game in either championship and will be hoping to continue their streak through the final on Saturday. However Bracknagh are on a fine run of form themselves and will be determined to add another trophy to their collection the familiar surroundings of O'Connor Park at 2pm.

Bracknagh Path to the Final

Offaly IFC 1st Round: Rhode 1-11 Bracknagh 0-10
2nd Round: Bracknagh 3-11 Erin Rovers 1-12
Semi-Final: Bracknagh 5-8 Erin Rovers 2-6
Final: Bracknagh 0-11 Shannonbridge 0-5
Leinster Club JFC 1st Round: Bracknagh 1-14 St Kevin’s (Louth) 2-11
1st Round Replay: Bracknagh 1-17 St Kevin’s (Louth) 2-11 (aet)
Quarter-Final: Bracknagh 1-18 Ashford (Wicklow) 1-4
Semi-Final: Bracknagh 2-15 Kilcullen (Kildare) 0-8

Rosenallis Path to the Final
Laois JFC 1st Round: Rosenallis 0-13 Stradbally 0-5
2nd Round: Rosenallis 1-17 Park Ratheniska 1-13
3rd Round: Rosenallis 4-14 The Heath 0-7
Semi-Final: Rosenallis 2-10 Graigcullen 0-7
Final: Rosenallis 1-9 Park Ratheniska 0-11
Leinster Club JFC Quarter-Final: Rosenallis 0-9 Bective (Meath) 0-8
Semi-Final: Rosenallis 2-11 Castletown-Finea-Coole-Whitehall (Westmeath) 1-11

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