D-Day in Leinster Championship
D-Day in Leinster Championship
June 29, 2019
D-Day in Leinster Championship
Compiled by Jackie Cahill
IT’S D-Day in Leinster and Ulster on Sunday – with Provincial titles to be handed out in both provinces.
And it’s very much a ‘Super Sunday’ for the LGFA – with FOUR games getting the Facebook Live treatment.
Commentator Jerome Quinn will be at Netwatch Cullen Park for all three of the Leinster Finals, in the junior, intermediate and senior grades.
He’ll be joined by Laois native Niamh Dunne for Carlow v Louth in the Junior decider at 12pm, and by Dublin’s 2010 All-Ireland Senior Championship winning captain Denise Masterson for the Intermediate Final between Meath and Wexford at 2pm.
Both of those games will be available to view on the Leinster LGFA Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/LeinsterLadiesGaelicFootballAssociation/
At 4pm, Dublin will aim for an eighth successive Leinster Senior title, when they battle it out with Westmeath.
Waterford star Michelle Ryan will be on co-commentary for that game, as Dublin and Westmeath lock horns in the Leinster Senior Final for a fifth successive year.
Viewers can access the Senior decider via the LGFA Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/.
The LGFA Facebook Page is also the port of call for the TG4 Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship Final between Armagh and Donegal, with commentary provided by Marcus Ó Buachalla and former Monaghan star Niamh Kindlon.
That game throws in at 3.45pm at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, and is preceded by the Junior decider between Antrim and Fermanagh at 1.45pm.
Sunday 30th June
TG4 Leinster Junior Championship Final
Carlow v Louth; Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 12pm (Live on Leinster LGFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeinsterLadiesGaelicFootballAssociation/)
Carlow are aiming for a second TG4 Leinster Junior crown in three years – and are under the shrewd guidance of former Dublin boss Gerry McGill.
The Donegal native guided Dublin to a maiden TG4 All-Ireland senior crown in 2010, and is a vastly-experienced coach who’s also had stints with the Tipperary men’s and ladies teams.
To get over the line, however, Carlow will have to dethrone holders Louth, who beat them in the 2018 decider.
Louth have been knocking on the door in the hunt for national silverware, losing out in the 2018 Lidl NFL Division 4 and TG4 All-Ireland Junior Finals.
The Wee County will be determined to hold onto their Leinster title, and provide a springboard into the All-Ireland series.
Carlow (v Louth): N Hanley; N Mohan (capt.), B Nolan, A Roche; M Kinsella, O Fitzpatrick, C Mullins; E Hayden, K Clarke; E Atkinson, R Byrne, N Forde; R Sawyer, C Ní Shé, S Doyle.
Louth (v Carlow): U Pearson; E Hand, S Quinn, S McLoughlin; C Nolan, M McMahon, D Osborne; E Byrne, A Byrne; R Carr, S Byrne, A Russell; L Boyle, K Flood (capt.), N Rice.
TG4 Leinster Intermediate Championship Final
Meath v Wexford; Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 2pm (Live on Leinster LGFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeinsterLadiesGaelicFootballAssociation/)
Meath were shocked by Wicklow at the quarter-final stage in Leinster last year – but have learned those lessons and will contest a provincial decider on Sunday.
The Royal County have enjoyed a superb campaign to date, landing the Division 3 Lidl NFL title before progressing to the Leinster Final.
Meath were runners-up in Division 3 last year but went one better this time to gain promotion to the second tier.
They were also runners-up in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate championship, losing out to Tyrone, but they’re among the favourites for national glory in 2019.
Their Leinster Final opponents are Wexford, who got the better of Kildare at the semi-final stage.
Under Anthony Masterson’s astute guidance, Wexford have been a competitive force in recent years, and they held their own in Division 2.
But they’ll need a big performance against a Meath outfit that will join them in the same League grouping for 2020.
Meath (v Wexford): M McGuirk; K Newe, S Powderly, O Duff; A Cleary, S Ennis, M Thynne; M O’Shaughnessy (capt.), K Byrne; A Leahy, E Duggan, O Byrne; E White, K Nesbitt, V Wall.
Wexford (v Meath): M.R. Kelly (capt.); N Mernagh, M Cullen, A Tormey; C Donnelly, S Murphy, S Harding Kenny; K Kearney, B Breen; N Butler, C Foxe, N Moore; K White, M Byrne, T Doyle.
TG4 Leinster Senior Championship Final
Dublin v Westmeath; Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, 4pm (Live on LGFA Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/)
On the face of it, this should be straightforward for Dublin.
It’s the fifth season in a row that the Sky Blues have met Westmeath in a TG4 Leinster Senior Final – and they’ve come out on top on each occasion.
Dublin are gunning for an eighth successive Leinster crown and their winning margins against Westmeath in Finals have been seven points in 2015, 28 a year later, 19 in 2017, and 12 last year.
That would suggest another comfortable win for Dublin but Westmeath have been making the right noises ahead of this latest encounter, and have vowed to be competitive.
Not much has separated the teams in League outings this year and in 2018, with Dublin winning by just five points last March, and five last year.
A victory for Westmeath would send shockwaves throughout the championship, and Dubs boss Mick Bohan is keen to avoid an upset as he’s named 11 of the team that started in last September’s All-Ireland Final.
Three of the changes are enforced, with Sinead Finnegan and Carla Rowe both out injured, while Leah Caffrey is away in Canada.
Westmeath haven’t played a game since early April, when they ended their Lidl NFL Division 1 campaign on a high with victory over Tipperary.
That capped a successful League campaign for Westmeath, as Sean Finnegan’s Lake County stayed in the top flight.
Dublin, the 2018 League champions, suffered extra-time defeat against Cork at the semi-final stage, and will target a return to winning ways.
Dublin (v Westmeath): C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, R Ruddy; A Kane, S Goldrick, L Magee; O Carey, S McGrath; N Owens, N McEvoy, J Dunne; S Aherne (capt.), N Hetherton, N Healy.
Westmeath (v Dublin): L McCormack; R Dillon, J Rogers, L Power; K Boyce Jordan, F Claffey (capt.), K McDermott; J Maher, M.A. Foley; V Carr, S Dolan, L McCartan; A Dolan, A Jones, K Hegarty.