Leitrim looking for a bright start in Allianz League

The Leitrim senior football will start their latest attempt to secure promotion from Division four of the Allianz Football league on Sunday next in Aughrim where they will face Wicklow. The Connacht side will be looking to halt a losing sequence of results against the Garden County after suffering two narrow defeats in recent years. In 2015 A Leitrim side managed by Shane Ward enjoyed a super start on their last visit to Sunday’s venue. However the Wicklow side scored a goal before half time and went on to dominate the second half before going on to claim the points on offer.

When the sides met in Carrick-on-Shannon last year once again Wicklow emerged victorious and inflicted Leitrim’s second defeat in a row in which ultimately ended any hopes they ad of promotion after they lost their first game against Wexford.
Division four is going to very competitive and the odds on Leitrim being successful with the bookies offer very little encouragement for their loyal supporters

The main contenders for the two promotion places seem to be Limerick, Westmeath and Wexford.
Sunday’s meeting between Wexford and Limerick will be one of the stand out fixtures in the basement division as both sides will look to become the early pacesetters of the division.

The Model County have enjoyed a decent start to life under new manager Seamus McEnaney, earning two wins from three games in the O’Byrne cup, and they’ll fancy their chances with home advantage in round one.
Limerick have also made a promising start to 2017. The embarked on a run in the McGrath cup which resulted in them going all the way to the final where they were beaten by Kerry after extra time in the Gaelic Grounds.

Westmeath’s stock in the Allianz league has taken a hammering in recent years. They have crashed down the divisions all the way from one to four in successive years. Granted their championship form has been better, but last year’s Leinster finalists will surely now look to start climbing back up the league ladder.

Carlow face a tough opening assignment away to the Lake men and there’s no doubt that Barrowsiders boss Turlough O’Brien will be looking to make something happen in his second season in charge.

Waterford and London are firmly at the back of the field when with the bookies when it comes to possible promotion contenders.

Leitrim defeated Waterford in the qualifiers last year and will face the exiles in the 2017 Connacht championship

Benny Guickan his has named his starting 15 for Sunday first round game in the Allianz National League.

The team is as follows

  1. Philip Farrelly                       Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins
  2. Matthew Murphy                  Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins
  3. Alan Armstrong                    Mohill
  4. Fionn Carney                       St.Sylvesters (Dub)
  5. James Rooney                     Glencar Manorhamilton
  6. Donal Wrynn (C)                  St.Caillins Fenagh
  7. Oisín Madden                       Mohill
  8. Shane Moran                        Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins
  9. Mark Plunkett                       Aughawillan
  10. Gary Plunkett                       Aughawillan
  11. Wayne McKeon                    Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins
  12. Ryan O’Rourke                     St.Caillins Fenagh
  13. Emyln Mulligan                    St.Brigids (Dub)
  14. Keith Beirne                         Mohill
  15. Brendan Gallagher               Lucan Sarsfields (Dub)

Round 1 fixtures:

Sunday 5 February
Allianz FL Division 4 round 1
Waterford v London, Lemybrien, 1pm
Westmeath v Carlow, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm
Wicklow v Leitrim, Aughrim, 2pm
Wexford v Limerick, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm