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Lidl National League Opening Weekend!   26/01/2018

Dublin and Westmeath will take to the road this Sunday as the Lidl National League gets underway.It’s back!

Sunday marks the beginning of the 2018 season as the Lidl National League gets underway. The first game of the season takes us to Swinford in Mayo, as newly promoted Westmeath take on last year’s All Ireland runners-up Mayo at half 12 in the first of the Division One games. Last year’s All Ireland Senior Champions, Dublin make the long journey to Letterkenny where they will hope to continue their good fortune from last season as they take on Donegal. While 2017 will be remembered by Mick Bohan’s side for all the right reasons, they will also be wholly focused on getting 2018 off to a perfect start.

Laois are Leinster’s only side in Division 2 this season and they take on Cavan in Mountmellick in their opening round this Sunday. A good start will be half the battle for Kevin Doogue’s squad who will be looking to push for the top half of the table this season, having reached the semi-finals last year.

Westmeath and Dublin will both take to the road this weekend

In Division Three, Wexford travel to McGann Park to take on Longford. Wexford will undoubtedly be League favourites having lost out in last year’s replay to Tipperary but if the last few years have taught us anything, it is that Division Three is hugely competitive and an opening round win will be priceless to get teams off to a positive start. They face a newly promoted Longford side who will want to make their impression on the Division early. Offaly travel to Kiltoom where they will do battle with Roscommon while Meath, last year’s Leinster Intermediate Champions, will host Down at Dunganny. Kildare have received a walkover from Leitrim in the final game in the Division. 

Division Four sees Carlow host Limerick in Feenagh and Wicklow host Derry in Roundwood. While Carlow lost out in last year’s League semi-finals, Wicklow went all the way to the final, eventually losing out to Longford. Both sides will be eager to push for a Final place, and while medals aren’t given out on the first day of the season, a win could be priceless and help set the tone for the campaign. In the final game of the weekend, an all Leinster tie between Kilkenny and Louth will throw in at the later time of 3pm in Heywood. Last season saw the return of Kilkenny to adult football and they will undoubtedly be looking to build on progress and experience made last season. Louth on the other hand will be looking to rebuild having been relegated to Junior status and finishing just outside the top four in the League last season.

Best of luck to all management teams, players and officials this weekend. We wish all travelling a safe journey and hope supporters get out in big numbers to show some #SeriousSupport to our athletes.

Division 1:

Mayo v Westmeath, Swinford Amenity Park, 12:30pm, M. Farrelly

Donegal v Dublin, O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny, 2pm, G. Carmody

Division 2:

Laois v Cavan, Sarsfields Mountmellick, 2pm, D. McEnery

Division 3:

Longford v Wexford, Mc Gann Park, Keenagh, 2pm, D. Carolan

Roscommon v Offaly, Kiltoom, 2pm, Y. Duffy

Meath v Down, Dunganny 3G, 2pm, P. Burke

Division 4:

Carlow v Limerick, Fenagh Training Centre, 2pm, PJ Ahern

Wicklow v Derry, An Tochar, Roundwood, 2pm, J. Corcoran

Kilkenny v Louth, Heywood CS, Portlaoise, 3pm, J. Murphy