Division Three Lidl NFL Semi-Final Previews

The Division three Lidl National football league semi-finals take place on Saturday afternoon.

Jackie Cahill previews the ties featuring Longford and Roscommon.

Enda Sheridan’s Longford take on Meath in Kinnegad at 2.45pm and Michael Finneran’s Roscommon are up against Sligo in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park at 12.30

Meath v Longford

Beaten Division 3 Finalists last year, Meath have their sights firmly set on going one step better this time.

The Royals steamed through the group stages, registering 18 points and losing just one game along the way.

They’ve already beaten Saturday’s semi-final opponents Longford this year, by four goals in a 5-12 to 1-12 win.

Longford showed fine grit and character to eke out a semi-final slot, finishing fourth in the standings following a dramatic final round of group fixtures.

The Midlanders are not to be underestimated and have players of genuine class in the likes of Mairead Reynolds and Michelle Farrell.

Meath, the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate championship runners-up, will look to in-form Stacey Grimes for attacking thrust.

Meath (v Longford): M McGuirk; K Newe, S Powderly, S Ennis; S Wall, A Cleary, N Gallogly; M O’Shaughnessy, O Lally; O Byrne, E Duggan, M Thynne; E White, K Nesbitt, S Grimes.

Longford (v Meath): E Esler; R O’Farrell, L Keegan, M Moore; O Nevin, E O’Brien, C Farrell; J Brady, M Reynolds; E Heaney, M Farrell, A McCormack; A McDonnell, A Greene, C Healy.

Sligo v Roscommon

Roscommon and Sligo’s recent rivalry continues as they prepare to lock horns in the Division 3 semi-final.

Last summer, Roscommon ended Sligo’s three-in-a-row hopes in Connacht by landing the TG4 provincial intermediate title.

There was nothing to separate them during the 2019 Lidl League campaign, with both counties finishing on 15 points, although Sligo did get the better of the Rossies when the counties met in the group stages.

Rebecca Finan is a player to watch in the Roscommon attack, while Sligo’s Emma Keavney can cause damage at the other end.

Roscommon (v Sligo): H Cummins; A McLoone, S Kenny, H Ennis; S Bannon, T Murtagh, N Feeney; J Cregg, J Higgins; A Kelly, K Daly, L Fleming; S Tully, R Finan, S Bruen.

Sligo (v Roscommon): N Gormley; A Morrisroe, G O’Loughlin, J Mulligan; M McNamara, B Byrne, A.M. Coleman; R Goodwin, L.A. Laffey; L Boles, C Gorman, S Naughton; U Higgins, E Keavney, L Casey.