Preview: Allianz Football League Division Four
Allianz Football League Division Four
Saturday March 25
Waterford v Limerick, Fraher Field, 7pm
A campaign that started in such promising fashion for Waterford with two early wins has been followed by three losses.
Waterford, though, have been highly competitive and they will want to make an impact against Limerick, who have improved in recent weeks.
Limerick suffered early on, but home wins over London and Leitrim were satisfactory results offering some hope ahead of the Munster Championship.
Iain Corbett and Darragh Treacy netted Limerick’s goals in the triumph over Leitrim, but this will be an interesting test for the Treatymen.
WATERFORD: Stephen Enright; James McGrath, Thomas O'Gorman, Stephen Dalton; Kenny Murphy, Stephen Prendergast, Ray O'Ceallaigh; Tommy Prendergast, Michael Curry; Michael O'Halloran, Donie Breathnach, Conor Murray; Paul Whyte, Joey Veale, Fearghal O'Cuirrin.
LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon; Garrett Noonan, Johnny McCarthy, Sean O'Dea; Paul White, Iain Corbett, Cillian Fahy; Darragh Treacy, David Ward; Brian Fanning, James Naughton, Cian Sheehan; Peter Nash, Danny Neville, Ger Collins.
Sunday March 26
Leitrim v London, Carrick-on-Shannon, 1pm
It has been a mixed League for Leitrim, who will be intent on delivering a performance against London ahead of their Connacht Championship encounter at the end of May.
The Emerald GAA Grounds is currently being redeveloped so that is a hugely important fixture for Ciaran Deely’s charges, who caused Wexford some problems last weekend.
Deely is developing a hard working team and Leitrim will be completely aware of the threat London carry when in the mood.
Emlyn Mulligan and Ronan Kennedy, though, are two accurate forwards, who continue to impress for Leitrim.
Wexford v Westmeath, Innovate Wexford Park, 1pm
Barring a strange sequence of results these teams are likely to clash again in the Allianz Football League Division Four decider next month.
Wexford encountered plenty of spirited resistance from London last weekend, but Ben Brosnan’s excellence in attack was sufficient to earn them promotion.
Seamus ‘Banty’ McEnaney has enjoyed an encouraging start reeling off five wins on the spin with Wexford, who are moving well.
On the opening weekend Westmeath drew with Carlow, but since then Limerick, Leitrim, Waterford, and Wicklow have all been beaten.
Following three relegations in a row Westmeath are on the verge of securing promotion so Tom Cribbin will be satisfied with how the midlanders are performing.
Wicklow v Carlow, Aughrim, 3pm
Carlow have accumulated five points so far, but they will want to earn a victory against Wicklow at Aughrim.
Wicklow struggled in the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup and in the early rounds of the League, but they have improved dramatically.
A win over London and two gutsy displays against the top two, Wexford and Westmeath, ensure Wicklow can look forward to the remaining rounds.
Avoiding a last placed finish is the objective and a home success over Carlow should be sufficient to realise that objective.