By Micil Glennon
Wicklow v Longford, Aughrim, Sunday, 3.30pm
Relegated Wicklow and Longford come face to face in Aughrim on Sunday, both looking for their first wins of 2013.
The Garden County failed to win a single game in the league and were relegated to Division 4 with only two points to their name after draws with Roscommon and Antrim.
Last season they bowed out of the Leinster Championship to Meath in the preliminary round, but recorded a qualifier win over Waterford before losing to Leitrim.
Aughrim had proven to be somewhat of a fortress in recent seasons, and manager Harry Murphy has pleaded with the home fans to show their support.
He told the Wicklow People: "The crowds have been poor all year for the league so hopefully they turn out on Sunday because it'll be a lonely place if the crowd don't get behind us.
"It'd be a shame to see Longford there with more supporters than ourselves. So hopefully everyone gets down and gives the lads a bit of a shout."
Longford fared even worse, coming down from Division 2 with seven defeats from seven, the only team in the Allianz League not to claim any points.
That was very much in contrast to the previous season where they embellished their league promotion with brilliant wins over Laois in Leinster and Derry in the qualifiers.
Ahead of the game, manager Glenn Ryan told the Irish Examiner: “We know it will be tough going to Aughrim, but there has been a big effort since the league and we feel we are in with a good chance.”
Ryan names three Championship debutants in the side, under-21s Pádraig McCrormack and Robbie Smyth, along with Michael Brady.
The midlanders will be without defender Peter Foy, who broke his ankle playing for his club side, Longford Slashers.
Longford: Damien Sheridan, Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Declan Reilly, Colm P Smyth, Michael Quinn, Shane Mulligan, John Keegan, Michael Brady, Bernard Mc Elvaney, Paul Barden (capt) Pádraig McCormack, Robbie Smyth, Francis McGee, Sean McCormack.
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