The Bord Gais Energy Ladies National Football League continues this weekend with some cracking games in prospect in all four divisions.
Plenty of good football in store then for the fans and a great opportunity too for the Managers to introduce new talent. Dublin, as All Ireland champions look set for another fine season this year and will be hard to beat though as the season progresses ,the Cork Ladies will be determined to win back the All Ireland title. For now though there is an exciting league campaign to look forward to and already we have seen some fine football played and many new talents emerge. Monaghan have been particularly impressive thus far.
Tyrone had been expected to launch a major challenge for the League title but have got off to a bad start with defeats in their opening games.They will be looking for a season’s first win at St Mary’s Park, Beragh when they meet Laois. Cork look to be coming back to something near their best and with the Inch Rovers players back after winning the Club championship will prove a handful in the weeks ahead. In Division 2, a young and largely new look Kerry side have proved difficult to handle especially when they have had home advantage.
A brief preview then of the Round 4 games this weekend (remember the Derry v Roscommon tie is on Saturday evening, the rest on Sunday).
Kildare v Monaghan, Ballykelly, 2.00, (K Tighe)
Monaghan travel to Kildare this weekend looking to make it four wins out of four in Division One. Two weeks ago against Cork, Ciara McAnespie scored the crucial goal but more importantly all six of their forwards were on the score sheet. This is no mean feat against a mean Cork defence and they will be sure to trouble a Kildare backline that has conceded 7 goals in three games. However, the Lilywhites have played good football in their opening rounds including a draw with Galway last time out.
Tyrone v Laois, St Marys Park Beragh, 2.00, (S O’Neill)
Beaten All-Ireland finalists Tyrone host Laois this weekend as both teams try to break out of the bottom half of the table after slow starts. Laois were impressive against Mayo in Round 3 and will be looking to build momentum off the back of that performance. Tyrone on the other hand know that they are better than what they are currently showing but they are leaking goals and this has been their undoing.
Mayo v Galway, Ballindine, 2.00 (L McDonagh)
Having lost their opening three games, Mayo will look to put some points on the board this weekend when they play Galway in Ballindine. Triona McNicholas was in sparkling form last time out scoring two goals against Cork and they will need her and Cora Staunton to continue where they left off if they are to beat their neighbours. Galway have also failed to win a game this season but have drawn two games and have played well in patches.
Cork v Donegal, CIT, 2.00, (P Kehoe)
Donegal are on cloud nine, three games, three wins and 15 goals. But away to Cork, they will face some serious footballers and in particular Annie Walsh, Bríd Stack and midfielder Juliet Murphy who have been in great form. But stopping Valerie Mulcahy will be the top priority for Donegal. But the Rebelettes will be just as concerned with Yvonne McMonagle. A fascinating contest awaits.
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 2, Round 4
Sligo v Meath, Geevagh, 2.00, (M Kenny)
Waterford v Tipperary, St Mollerans, 2.00, (M Doherty)
Kerry v Armagh, Finuge, 12.00, (K Delahunty)
Cavan v Dublin, Munterconnacht, 12.00, (P Swift)
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 3, Round 4
Fermanagh v Wexford, Derrlyin, 2.00, (T McShea)
Leitrim v Longford, Ballinamore, 2.45, (M Moran)
Down v Wicklow, Saval, 2.00, (M Henry)
Clare v Limerick, Milltown Malbay, 2.00, (S Joy)
Bord Gáis Energy Ladies National Football League – Division 4, Round 4
Derry v Roscommon, Faughanvale, 5.00, (K McShea) Please note that this game takes place on Saturday, 5th March
Carlow v Kilkenny, Tinryland, 2.30, (D Kearney)
Offaly v Westmeath, Ferbane, 2.00, (J Mullins)