FIXTURES

Friday 21 May

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1B
Cork v Tipperary, 7.30pm, Pairc Uí Chaoimh

Saturday 22 May

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1A
Mayo v Galway, 7.30pm, Elvery's MacHale Park

Sunday 23 May

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1A
Donegal v Westmeath, 1pm, Sean MacCumhaills

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1B
Dublin v Waterford, 2pm Parnell Park

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2A
Meath v Kerry, 3pm, Páirc Tailteann
Clare v Wexford, 2pm, Cusack Park

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2B
Monaghan v Cavan, 12pm, St Tiernach's Park
Tyrone v Armagh, 2pm, Healy Park

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3A
Down v Sligo, 3pm, Teconnaught GAC
Roscommon v Fermanagh, 2pm, Dr. Hyde Park

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3B
Laois v Kildare, 5.30pm, MW Hire O'Moore Park
Longford v Wicklow, 2pm, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4A
Leitrim v Louth, 2pm, Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's
Derry v Antrim, 2pm, Celtic Park Stadium, Lone Moor Road

Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4A
Carlow v Offaly, 2pm, IT Carlow

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TV

The TG4 cameras will be at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Friday night clash between Munster rivals Cork and Tipperary (7.30pm) and at Elvery's MacHale Park in Castlebar on Saturday (7.30pm) for the Connacht derby between Mayo and Galway.

ONLINE

All of Sunday's 13 fixtures can be viewed for free at home and around the world by accessing the LGFA and Lidl’s new dedicated National League portal.

WEATHER

Friday: A wet day throughout although rain should ease in Cork come throw-in time between Cork and Tipp.

Saturday: Sunny spells and scattered showers, mainly affecting the western half of the country. Another relatively cool day with highs of just 10 to 13 degrees Celsius, in mostly moderate westerly breezes.

Sunday: A band of rain will sweep in across the country during the morning, clearing into the Irish Sea into the afternoon. Whilst it will brighten up, there will be scattered heavy showers to follow bringing the risk of spot flooding, lightning and hail. Staying cool with highs of only 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. Breezy at first in fresh southerly winds, veering westerly and moderating.

Friday 21 May

Cork v Tipperary, Division 1B, 7.30pm, Pairc Uí Chaoimh – Live on TG4

Cork have home advantage for a championship dress rehearsal at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, for what should be a Friday night cracker between the Munster rivals.

Visitors Tipperary have a new manager in the form of 1991 All-Ireland SHC winning captain Declan Carr – and a new captain in Aishling Moloney, who takes over from now retired Samantha Lambert.

Cork line out with nine All-Ireland Final survivors from the 2020 loss to Dublin – and a new skipper, too, in goalkeeper Martina O'Brien.

As the 2020 Lidl National League wasn't concluded, Cork begin the 2021 campaign as holders, having won the Division 1 crown in 2019.

Cork (v Tipperary): M O'Brien (capt.); S Kelly, R Phelan, E Spillane; E O’Shea, A Kelleher, M Duggan; M O’Callaghan, S Hayes; O Finn, C O’Sullivan, H Looney; S O’Leary, B O’Sullivan, E Cleary.

Tipperary (v Cork): L Fitzpatrick; L Spillane, M Curley, E Cronin; R Daly, C Kennedy, E Kelly; A.R. Kennedy, E Fitzpatrick; E Carroll, E Morrissey, A Moloney (capt.); C O’Dwyer, A Delaney, M Creedon.

Fiona McHale

Saturday 28 May

Mayo v Galway, Division 1A, 7.30pm, Elvery’s MacHale Park, Castlebar - Live on TG4

Vastly-experienced midfielder Fiona McHale is one of five returning Carnacon players to the Mayo panel for this Division 1 opener against Connacht rivals Galway.

McHale gets the nod at midfield for the Elverys MacHale Park clash – with Sadhbh Larkin, Marie Corbett, Amy Dowling and Saoirse Walsh from Carnacon on the bench.

New manager Michael Moyles will be hoping to get off to a positive start against Galway, who also have a new boss in Gerry Fahy.

Mairead Seoighe captains Galway, with Éilis Ronayne leading the hosts into battle.

Galway (v Mayo): D Gower; S Brennan, S Lynch, S Molloy; K Geraghty, N Ward, C Cooney; A Davoren, M Glynn; O Divilly, M Seoighe (capt.), L Coen; E Noone, A Trill, K Slevin.

Mayo (v Galway): L Brennan; O Conlon, K Sullivan, T O'Connor; E Ronayne (capt.), C McManamon, E Brennan; F McHale, M McHale; N Kelly, S Howley, S Cafferky; M Reilly, D Doherty, L Cafferky.

Sunday May 23

Donegal v Westmeath, Division 1A, 1pm, Sean MacCumhaills, Ballybofey

Donegal can consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the knockout stages of the 2020 Championship.

They gave Dublin a real run for their money, before enjoying a comfortable victory over Waterford.

There’s undoubted talent in the Donegal ranks while Westmeath will be hoping to erase some of the memories of their Intermediate Final loss to Meath in December.

Westmeath have flirted with relegation in recent times and they need to show good form to avoid another basement battle.

Donegal (v Westmeath): A McColgan; N Carr, E McGinley, E Gallagher; A.M. Logue, M Ryan, A Boyle Carr; K Herron, S Twohig; B McLaughlin, N McLaughlin (capt.), N Boyle; N Hegarty, K Guthrie, G McLaughlin.

Westmeath (v Donegal): S Byrne; N Spellman, J Rogers, E Kelly; R Dillon, A Brady, T Fagan; V Carr, T Dillon; F Claffey (capt.), L Archibold, A Jones; L McCartan, K Hegarty, S Dillon.

Sinead Aherne

Dublin v Waterford, Divsion 1B, 2pm Parnell Park

Dublin have won the last four All-Ireland Senior crowns – but they’d like to improve on their National League record.

The Sky Blues have won the Division 1 title just once – in 2018 – but manager Mick Bohan has used the league as a breeding ground to blood new players, while easing more experienced stars back into action.

There are seven players in Bohan’s starting line-up who lined out against Cork from the start in the 2020 All-Ireland final – including long-serving stars Siobhan McGrath and captain .

Noelle Healy has retired but Dublin have all of the other familiar faces back on board – as Waterford welcome dead-ball specialist Maria Delahunty back into their starting line-up.

For the third successive year, Dublin will also meet Waterford in the All-Ireland Senior Championship, after both sides were pitted together in Thursday evening’s draw.

Dublin (v Waterford): A Sheils; O Nolan, L Caffrey, O Carey; M Byrne, A Kane, L Collins; L McGinley, D Murphy; J Dunne, S McGrath, L Davey; N Hetherton, S Killeen, S Aherne (capt.).

Waterford (v Dublin): M Foran; A Mullaney, L Mulcahy, R Casey; C Fennell, K McGrath, M Wall (capt.); C McGrath, E Murray; R Tobin, A Wall, K Hogan; E Fennell, M Delahunty, K Murray.

Meath v Kerry, Division 2A 3pm, Páirc Tailteann

A really interesting game in Division 2 as Meath take on Kerry in Navan.

Meath are the 2020 All-Ireland Intermediate champions, ready for Senior Championship football in 2021, and a team very much on the up.

Kerry are another of the favourites for promotion from Division 2 and this has the makings of a cracker.

Meath: M McGuirk; A Leahy, M.K. Lynch, K Newe; O Lally, N Gallogly, S Ennis (capt.); E Duggan, V Wall; M O'Shaughnessy, S Grimes, N O’Sullivan; E Troy, A Cleary, B Lynch.

Kerry: C Butler; J O’Sullivan, A Desmond (capt.), C Murphy; N Carmody, C Lynch, A O’Connell; L Scanlon, L Galvin; A Galvin, A Murphy, E Dineen; S O’Shea, H O’Donoghue, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Clare v Wexford, Division 2A, 2pm Cusack Park, Ennis

Clare and Wexford were struggling in Division 2 before the competition was halted.

In a very strong division, survival will be the name of the game for both counties, with six senior championship teams also in the mix.

Clare will look to make home advantage count against the visitors, who lost five out of five in the 2020 competition.

Clare: A Kenny; Á Keane, A Morrissey, A Reidy; C Harvey (capt.), G Nolan, C O'Leary; C Moloney, C Towey; C McCarthy, C Blake, K Connole; L Griffey, L Griffin, L Roche.

Wexford: K Sludds; C O’Reardon, A Halligan, L Doyle; S Murphy, R Murphy, N Shanahan; C Donnelly, C Banville; D Doyle, C Murray, S Hamilton; A Wilson, A Murphy (capt.), A Neville.

Monaghan v Cavan, Division 2B, 12pm, St Tiernach’s Park, Clones

Monaghan and Cavan will get to know each other in League fare before they clash in the championship.

The counties were drawn together in Group A of the championship in Thursday evening’s draw – but this weekend is all about getting off to a good League start.

A notable inclusion on the Monaghan team-sheet is 37-year-old Amanda Casey-Finnegan – named for her first taste of inter-county action since a 2015 Championship appearance against Dublin.

Monaghan: E Corrigan; M Monaghan, S Boyd, A McAnespie; N Fahy, A McCarey, A Garland; A Casey-Finnegan, L Garland; L McEnaney, E McCarron (capt.), S Coyle; C Treanor, M Atkinson, C Courtney.

Cavan: E Walsh; R Doonan, M Smith, S Lynch; S Greene, L Fitzpatrick, Z Fay; C Dolan, N Byrd; C Finnegan, L McVeety, A Kiernan; G Sheridan, A Sheridan, A Gilsenan.

Tyrone v Armagh, Division 2B, 2pm Healy Park, Omagh

When these counties locked horns in last year's championship, Armagh enjoyed a comfortable victory.

The Orchard county lit up the campaign and went all the way to a semi-final appearance, where they gave a fine account of themselves against eventual winners Dublin.

Tyrone will be hoping for better in the coming season under new manager Kevin McCrystal, while Armagh line out with 2020 Senior Player of the Year Aimee Mackin looking to bring that form into the new season.

Armagh: A Carr; S Marley, C McCambridge, S Grey; G Ferguson, T Grimes, M Sheridan; A Bellew, C O'Hanlon; N Coleman, N McCoy, L McConville; A Mackin, B Mackin, A Clarke.

Tyrone: K Byrne; E Mulgrew, T McLaughlin (capt.), M Kerr, E Brennan; C Kelly, D Gallagher; A McHugh, E.J. Gervin; N McGirr, N Rafferty, N Hughes; N O’Neill, C McCaffrey, R Devlin.