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Less than a week to go until the Irish Daily Star National League Semi-Finals take place we look ahead to the Division 2 clashes.

Irish Daily Star National League Division 2 Semi-Finals

Sunday April 19th

Laois v Kilkenny
O'Connor Park, Tullamore 
Throw-In: 2pm
Referee: Éamon Cassidy
Laois finished top of their group having tied with Kildare on 8 points but finishing top due to their win over Kildare in the league opener. This Laois side won 4 of their 5 games in an incredibly competitive group in which all 6 teams finished with at least one win. Laois lost only to Wexford in an upset down in St. Patrick’s Park where they only managed to tally 9 points. Aside from that loss, this Laois side have been a well-oiled machine tallying 11 goals in their other 4 games. They’ll look to continue that goal scoring habit in the Semi-Final against Kilkenny.
Much like Laois, Kilkenny managed 4 wins from 5 in the group stage, losing only to a very dominant Waterford side. To start the league campaign, the Cats looked solid defensively, conceding only 7 points in their first two games combined. However, they loosened the reigns after a tough loss to Waterford in which they conceded 2-13. Their forward fire power carried them the rest of the way and like Laois, they were no stranger to goals either, finding the net 9 times over their 5 games.
Waterford Vs Kildare
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh
Throw-In: 3.45
Referee: Jenny Byrne
Waterford were dominant in their group with 5 wins from 5. The Déise side set the tone for their league campaign with a big win over Tipperary in their opener and never looked back. They scraped two tough away wins against Cork and Meath before winning comfortably at home against Kilkenny. They have been the best team defensively in Division 2 conceding only 40 points, albeit in 4 games. However, they have also been the best attacking team in their group with 78 points in only 4 games. No doubt this unbeaten Waterford will be full of confidence heading into the Semi-Finals.
Kildare finished as runners-up in Group 1 behind Laois having lost to them in the league opener in which they tallied only 5 points. The Lilywhites have bounced back tremendously well, winning their last 4 games. Their prolific forwards have managed to find the net 10 times in their last four games and they are the highest scoring team in Division 2 with 85 points in 5 games. A tough test awaits against an unbeaten Waterford.

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