Leinster Senior Football Championship first round
Saturday, 11 May
Wicklow v Kildare, Netwatch Cullen Park, 7.0pm
Sunday, 12 May
Louth v Wexford, Innovate Wexford Park, 3.0pm
Meath v Offaly, Páirc Tailteann, 3.0pm
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Saturday: Overcast, but dry and with light breezes from the east. High temperature of 11 degrees.
Sunday: Sunny and dry with occasional cloudy spells, moderate breezes from the southeast and maximum temperature of 13 degrees.
Lilywhites hoping to avoid another early exit
Kildare had a mediocre campaign in Division 2 of the Allianz League, rarely really getting themselves in the promotion picture.
But they bombed in Division 1 last year, relegated without a single point, and they still managed to piece together an exciting Championship run, which took them all the way to the Super 8s and showed real promise.
Manager Cian O’Neill will be hoping that they can do similar this year, though avoiding the 2018 Leinster first-round elimination at the hands of Division 4 opposition - last year it was Carlow that sprung the surprise.
Without doubt, the Lilywhites proved themselves to be the second best team in the province last summer. This year they have contenders for that title with Meath having gained promotion to the top flight in the League.
Wicklow wins over Kildare in the Championship are rare, the most recent coming when they famously upset the odds under Mick O’Dwyer at Croke Park in 2008. That was also their first, and so far only, Leinster SFC win at GAA Headquarters.
Garden County boss John Evans says his team will take confidence from Carlow’s win over the Lilies at the same stage last year, though Paul McLoughlin, Gearoid Murphy, Mark Fitzsimons and Fintan O’Shea are all injury doubts.
Wee County find themselves in unfamiliar territory
On the face of it, this should be fairly straightforward. Louth finished just one point off the promotion places in Division 3 while Wexford had their worst Allianz League campaign in years. The Yellow Bellies finished third from bottom in the basement tier, with two of their three wins coming against the teams below them.
It will be unusual though for the Wee County to come into a Leinster championship game with Wexford as favourites - in their last five meetings stretching back 43 years they have only won once and lost four.
Wayne Kierans will be back on the line, Louth’s managers having served a lengthy suspension for an incident with a linesman at the start of the year.
Wexford boss Paul McLoughlin is happy to report a clean bill of health for this home game and in his corner he may have a trump card, with former Wee County star Colin Kelly now part of his management set-up.
The prize for winning this game may be a dubious one; they have the pleasure of facing five in-a-row chasing All-Ireland champions Dublin. If Louth win it’ll be in Portlaoise while Wexford would have home advantage.
Pressure on Royals to deliver after League promotion
Whatever happens in Navan on Saturday, there will be a little bit of history made when John Maughan takes charge of Offaly, making him the first man to manage teams in championship action in each of the four provinces. Clare, Mayo and Fermanagh are amongst his previous counties.
Speaking of history, it’s very much against his Faithful County team - they have only one one of their last eleven games in the Leinster Senior Football Championship, beating Longford in 2016. They’ve lost to six of the province’s other eleven counties in that time.
Offaly scudded along the bottom of Division 3 for much of the Allianz League campaign and only avoided dropping to the basement thanks to a last-day win over already-relegated Sligo and their better head-to-head record with Carlow.
Optimism is running high in Meath after Andy McEntee, in his third season in charge, steered them back to Division 1 for the first time since 2006.
There were signs of life last year when they took Tyrone to extra-time in a pulsating qualifier game at Páirc Tailteann in the qualifiers, a defeat that proved controversial, so the building blocks are there.
The Royals are on the opposite side of the draw to Dublin, which means they have the best possible chance of making a Leinster final. They’ve a few obstacles to overcome before then though.
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