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Shamrocks and St Brigid's have Leinster club final berths in sight

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OFFALY's final two standard bearers in the Leinster club championships will face their big date with destiny this Saturday when Shamrocks and St Brigid's play in their semi-finals.

Shamrocks will welcome Wexford's Horsewood to Tullamore for the Leinster Club Intermediate Football Championship semi-final while St Brigid's travel to the Kildare Centre of Excellence, outside Newbridge, to play Kildare's Milltown – both games have 1.30pm throw ins.

Shamrocks will really fancy their chances against Horsewood. While they will be down influential midfielder Johnny O'Toole-Greene unless he can get the red card he received in the win over Carlow's Ballinabranna rescinded, they have been in great form this year and know they have an opportunity of a historic provincial success.

They were completely dominant in the Offaly Senior “B” Football Championship and have continued that form into the Leinster campaign.

Shamrocks won't be taking anything for granted against Horsewood. Their best known player is former Wexford star P.J. Banville, who retired from inter-county football in 2017, and they command respect.

Shamrocks' form, however, has been compelling so far and they are favourites. Home venue is a big advantage and the form of their key forwards, Alan Heffernan, Nigel Dunne and Paddy Dunican suggests that the Offaly side can win.

St Brigid's are in bonus territory in their game against Milltown and a place in a Leinster final would rescue a disappointing year for them. The Croghan outfit were hot favourites to win the Offaly intermediate football title but were ambushed by Ferbane in the final – the second team of senior clubs are not allowed compete in the provincial championships and this allowed St Brigid's to extend their season.

They staged a sensational come from behind win against Dublin's St Finian's in the quarter-final and they will be very hard to beat on Saturday.

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