The Irish Mail on Sunday

LeinsterSF­CRound 1


LONGFORD v OFFALY, Pearse Park, 3.30pm Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh) ON THE basis of League form, little separates the two relegated teams from this year’s Division 3 campaign. Jack Sheedy has remodelled former Essendon superstar Michael Quinn in the pivotal No 10 jersey and his talent and versatilit­y is one big reason why Longford can make the most of crucial home advantage in this encounter. longford: D Sheridan; D Brady; B Gilleran, F Battrim; CP Smyth, E Williams, S Mulligan; J Keegan, S Doyle; M Quinn, F McGee, P Barden; M Hughes, B Kavanagh, S McCormack. offaly: A Mulhall; D Brady, D Hanlon, N Darby; B Darby, J Moloney, M Brazil; R Allen, N Smith; E Carroll, G Guilfoyle, A Sullivan; J Maher, N McNamee, P Cunningham.

VERDICT: Longford WICKLOW v LAOIS, O’Byrne Park, Aughrim, 3.30pm Referee: R Hickey (Clare) WHILE ‘The Battle of Aughrim’ makes for an interestin­g back story, it has little relevance to this modern re-enactment where the black card is king. But will the new rule to curb cynicism also dilute the intensity? Laois must do without Colm Begley after reports that his move to play this past week with Dublin’s Parnells led to him being dropped by Tomás Ó Flatharta. laois: G Brody; P McMahon, P Begley, P O’Leary; D Strong, S Attride, R Kehoe; K Meaney, J O’Loughlin; J Finn; D Kingston, B Sheehan; R Munnely, C Meredith, D Conway. wicklow: R Lambert; A Murphy, P McLoughlin, A Byrne; K Murphy, P McWalter, D Healy; J Stafford, A McLoughlin; D Hayden, M Kenny, R Finn; P Cunningham, S Furlong, L Glynn.


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