Preview: Ladies football qualifiers

Preview of this weekend’s Ladies round one football qualifiers action as Armagh face Sligo, Kildare face a tricky encounter against Dublin while Donegal and Down meet in an all Ulster clash

Preview Armagh v Sligo, 23rd July, 3.30pm (throw in) Live on TG4
Venue: Pearse Park, (Longford)
Referee: (G Corrigan)

Armagh and Sligo have struggled so far this season, both in the Championship and in their respective League campaigns. Armagh managed to get the better of Sligo when the two sides met earlier in the year but following the Orchard County’s heavy defeat to Monaghan in the opening round of the Ulster Championship, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from that disappointment.

Sligo suffered a heavy loss themselves in their opening Championship match against Mayo shipping six goals in the process. If Sligo can limit Caroline O’Hanlon’s influence they have a chance but with neither side firing on all cylinders, it may well come down to which team digs deepest on the day.

Armagh: C McAlinden, S McCoy, A Donaldson, C McCann, R O’Reilly, L Brown, S McCleary, M Moriarty, C Malone, M Luckie, C O’Hanlon, L Knox, M O’Donnell, K Mallon, M McAlinden

Sligo: K Connolly, E Codd, R Monaghan, A Ewing, A Marie Coleman, J Mulligan, A Horgan, B Byrne, S O’Sullivan, K Maloney, N Fowley, S McTiernan, L Gillespie, S Scully, N Gormley

Preview Dublin v Kildare, 23rd July, 5.15pm (throw in)
Venue: Pearse Park, (Longford)
Referee: (E. O’Hare)

All-Ireland Champions Dublin will be hoping to get their season back on track following their one point loss to Meath in the Leinster semi-final. They face a Kildare who also bowed out in the semi finals stage in Leinster, losing to eventual champions, Laois. Kildare have played at a higher level to Dublin in this year’s National League so should not be overawed by the opposition and in Aisling Holton and Noelle Earley they have two of the stars of the modern game.

However, with two All-Ireland appearances in two years, Dublin’s experience in big games may prove to be the deciding factor. With no more second chances, if Dublin can get enough quality ball in to Sinead Aherne they should advance to the next round.
Dublin: C O’Connor, S Goldrick, J O’Sullivan, G O’Malley, G Fay, S Furlong, S McGrath, D Materson, N McEvoy, M Nevin, E Kelly, L Peat, N Healy, S Aherne, A Ring

Kildare: E Kelly, P Delahunt, A Savage, D Tierney, K Leahy, A Holton, D Barry, B Leahy, J Timmins, T Noone, M Moolick, N Earley, S Cannon, D Gately, A Gately

Preview Down v Donegal, 24th July, 3.00pm (throw in)
Venue: Clones, (Monaghan)
Referee: (S. McIntyre)

Donegal have been making huge strides of late. Last year’s Intermediate Championship victory was followed up by an encouraging performance during the league campaign which saw them finish third behind Monaghan and Cork in Division 1. A set back in the Ulster Championship semi-finals against Tyrone means they now face another provincial clash in Clones this weekend.

Down were beaten comprehensively by Monaghan in the Ulster Championship and failed to impress in Division 3 during the League. Down crashed out of last season’s championship at this stage, and unless they can radically improve the form they have shown to date, a similar fate awaits them with Yvonne McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin expected to shine for Donegal.

Down: K Magee, C Higgins, C Moane, E Mulhern, K Boden, C Magee, O Quinn, S Venny, C Fitzpatrick, G Mc Clean, K Trainor, P Moane, N Ferris, S Ennis, S Kelly

Donegal: R McCafferty, K Keeney, K Herrin, T McCafferty, G Houston, C Hegarty, K Wilson, A Mc Donnell, K Guthrie, R Friel, N Hegarty, E Gallagher, G McLaughlin, Y McMonagle, N McLaughlin


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