All roads will lead to Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday for the double bill of the All Ireland Ladies Intermediate football championship.
Connacht rivals Roscommon and Sligo will start off the day’s proceedings at 1.30 while at 3.15 there is a somewhat novel paring of Leitrim and Tyrone in the second of the quarter- finals.
The Red Hand County have contested an All-Ireland senior football final inside the past ten years while it’s equally hard to believe that almost a decade has flown by since Leitrim won their last Intermediate final when they beat Sligo in the 2007 All Ireland final.
Sunday’s match in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada will throw in at 3.15
The competing counties will point to a rich tradition in Ladies football, however it’s very much the present that will occupy the players and management as they make one last push to continue their championship adventure for 2017.
A lot has been made that the game is played in Pairc Sean on Sunday, the Tyrone management have publically criticized the decision to stage the match in Carrick, while the Leitrim manager Philip Brady has counter attacked by describing this as an attempt to create a siege mentality within the Ulster side’s camp.
The Cavan native also makes a very interesting argument that his side have little knowledge of Sunday’s venue as they play most of their league games in Ballinamore and with the team not having the opportunity to train in Leitrim’s premier grounds due to the wet weather conditions of late, the Leitrim supermo claims that it’s (if you excuse the pun) more a level playing field when it comes to either side having the advantage of playing the game in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Brady has also urged the Leitrim support to move away from the TV screens and the draw of Mayo V Kerry and instead support their Ladies team on Sunday afternoon. Brady watched his side score an impressive tally of 7-7 in their last outing against Longford. Granted the concession of 2-20 in the same game is a cause of concern but the manager is confident and hopeful that his side have timed their run for this stage of the season and will have a right cut at Tyrone on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the local derby with Longford, Leitrim have played Sligo twice and Roscommon so Far in this championship campaign. The performances and results have been mixed but Brady feels that the girls are improving and with confidence of his young side growing all the time the Breffni native is confident that Leitrim could be preparing for an All-Ireland semi-final after Sunday’s game.
Leitrim and Tyrone will clash at 3.15 on Sunday and there will be live coverage on Sunday Sport.
Take a listen to the full interview with the Leitrim manager, Philip Brady