Ladies previews: Three re-arranged fixtures down for decision

February 15, 2019

In attendance at the launch of the 2019 Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues at Croke Park, Dublin, are Jackie Mulligan of Sligo, left, and Shauna Ennis of Meath. In their fourth year of partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Lidl Ireland are proud to announce various new initiatives and programmes to ensure even more participants at every level of the game reap the benefits of the sponsorship during 2019. The first new initiative, which is live as of today, will see Lidl Ireland invest €250,000 in a nationwide schools campaign where 159 post primary schools across the country will receive jerseys and equipment for their teams. Selected schools will then go on to take part in a brand new #SeriousSupport programme delivered by LGFA county level players which aims to show girls the benefits of playing sport both on and off the pitch. To nominate your local LGFA post primary school, simply log on to today and enter the 10-digit unique code found at the end of your till receipt. Throughout the year Lidl Ireland will continue to run and introduce various new initiatives for the benefit of clubs and schools throughout the country. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Compiled by Jackie Cahill

THERE are three re-arranged round 1 fixtures in the 2019 Lidl Ladies National Football League down for decision over the coming weekend.

On Saturday, in Division 3, Sligo welcome Meath to Cloonacool Community Park while in Division 4, Antrim host Leitrim at The Dub.

On Sunday, Division 4 takes centre stage as 2017 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Finalists Fermanagh and Derry meet in Derrygonnelly.

Lidl Ladies National Football League 2019  - Round 1 – (2pm unless stated)


Saturday 16th February

Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 3 – Round 1

Sligo v Meath, Cloonacool Community Park – G Carmody (Roscommon)

Sligo scored 4-8 against Longford last Sunday but still ended up losing their opening fixture of the 2019 season.

Still, that scoring haul should provide the Yeats County with room for optimism as they prepare for the visit of Meath to Cloonacool Community Park.

The Royal County enjoyed an historic outing at Páirc Tailteann last Sunday, as part of a double-header with their male counterparts.

Meath beat Offaly by 5-17 to 1-6 to get their season off to a flying start – and they can move to the top of the table with a victory over Sligo.

Meath were beaten Division 3 Finalists last year and have their sights set on promotion this time.

This fixture also pits two teams who will feature heavily in the race for TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate championship glory later this year.

Meath lost to Tyrone in the 2017 Final, while Sligo suffered a semi-final loss against the Red Hands.

Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 4 – Round 1          

Antrim v Leitrim, The Dub – S McLaughlin (Donegal)

Antrim collected 3-9 against Fermanagh in their opening fixture last weekend but it wasn’t enough to secure a win, as the Erne County scored 3-11.

Antrim return to The Dub for a fixture with Leitrim, who got their campaign off to a winning start with victory over Derry.

Goals were crucial for Gavin Cawley’s charges as they ran out narrow 3-3 to 0-8 winners against the Oak Leaf County.

This is another big test for Leitrim but a second victory would have them looking firmly towards the top end of the table.


Sunday 17th February

Fermanagh v Derry, Derrygonnelly, 2.45pm – D Callaghan (Donegal)

A victory for Fermanagh over Antrim in their opening fixture has nicely set up a home fixture with Derry.

It’s another Ulster derby for Fermanagh, against opponents they’re familiar with.

The counties met in the 2017 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate final, which went to a replay, before Fermanagh came out on top.

Derry will be hoping to bounce back from defeat to Leitrim in their first match.

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