Leitrim and Wexford looking to continue early momentum in promotion attempts
There will be plenty of interest in the Division four Allianz Football league meeting between Leitrim and Wexford on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon.
The two sides enjoyed a positive start to last weekend’s action, Leitrim were impressive winners over Wicklow while Wexford got the better of Limerick.
There is no doubt that that opening couple of rounds in any league adventure can shape it from the outset. Dropped pionts at the start of the season makes it very difficult to repair the situation later on and loosing those precious pionts at an early stage can also derail the chances of promotion.
Despite the excellent starts the Leitrim and Wexford made last weekend both management teams will also be only too well aware that things can change very quickly and they will be very much on their guard for this vital round two encounter.
Wexford narrowly won the corresponding fixture in the 2016 and the nature of that one point reversal made it difficult for Leitrim to recover momentum for the remainder of their league schedule while Wexford after missing out on promotion last season will be even more determined to elevate themselves to the third division this time round.
The selection of Seamus McEnaney as the Wexford football manager is a wise choice. Seamus was the catalyst to the revival of the fortunes of his native Monaghan. During his time in charge he brought a huge degree of passion, self-belief and above all he helped to raise the bar in the Fearney County.
Make no mistake Monaghan football owes him a lot and under his watch there is ever chance that Wexford will start to experience their stock rising as well.
Last week Wexford defeated a Limerick team that enjoyed a god run in the early season competition in Munster. The treaty County reached the final of the McGrath cup and as a result Wexford’s win will serve as a statement of intent for the year ahead.
Leitrim also managed to defeat Wicklow last Sunday down in Aughrim. Many of the supporters present last week in the Garden County was impressed by the performance from a very young Leitrim team that have no shortage of excellent technical and talented footballers.
The results of the opening day and the performances from Benny Guickan’s charges and the men from the South East should guarantee a very competitive fixture in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday afternoon.
Westmeath and Limerick, both of whom were relegated last season, had difficult starts in their bid for a quick return to the Allianz Football League Division 3 last weekend. Westmeath were held to a draw at home by Carlow while Limerick lost to Wexford.
As a result of the results from round one next Sunday’s Limerick-Westmeath game is now of vital importance, especially for the home side as defeat would leave them well off the promotion pace after two rounds. Westmeath beat Limerick by 3-14 to 0-7 in the Allianz Football League Division 3 last year.
Wicklow beat Waterford by two points last year while Carlow were two-point winners over London in 2016.
Division four Fixtures for this week
Feb 11: Waterford v Wicklow;
Feb 12: Carlow v London;
Limerick v Westmeath;
Leitrim v Wexford.
John Lynch Predictions for Division Four, round two:
Wicklow to beat Waterford,
Carlow to beat London
Westmeath to beat Limerick
Leitrim and Wexford to draw
Division Four Allianz Football League Results & Fixtures:
Round 1: Waterford 2-16 London 1-8; Carlow 2-10 Westmeath 2-10; Leitrim 1-17 Wicklow 0-10; Wexford 0-14 Limerick 1-8.
Round 2: Feb 11: Waterford v Wicklow; Feb 12: Carlow v London; Limerick v Westmeath; Leitrim v Wexford.
Round 3: Feb 25: Carlow v Limerick; Feb 26: Wicklow v London; Westmeath v Leitrim; Wexford v Waterford.
Round 4: Mar 4: Limerick v London; Mar 5: Leitrim v Carlow; Waterford v Westmeath; Wicklow v Wexford.
Round 5: Mar 18: Carlow v Waterford; Mar 19: Wexford v London; Limerick v Leitrim; Westmeath v Wicklow.
Round 6: Mar 25: Waterford v Limerick; Mar 26: Leitrim v London; Wexford v Westmeath; Wicklow v Carlow.
Round 7: Apr 2: Westmeath v London; Leitrim v Waterford; Carlow v Wexford; Limerick v Wicklow.
Final: Apr 8