Preview: Weekend's Lory Meagher Cup action
The Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard Cups take a brief break this weekend, but the second round of the Lory Meagher Cup is down for decision.
Lory Meagher Cup
The Lory Meagher Cup continues on Saturday.
The two first-round winners face off when Fermanagh welcome Lancashire to Enniskillen.
Lancashire, who lost a high-scoring Lory Meagher Final last year, were relegated from the Allianz Hurling League Division 3A this spring, but they started their 2019 championship campaign with a narrow win over Leitrim. 2015 champions Fermanagh have put a winless 2018 behind them, having beaten neighbours Cavan last weekend, via a strong finish.
Ronan Crowley continued his prolific form with 0-15 against Leitrim for Lancashire, who will also be looking for big performances from Darren Crowley, Dáire Maskey and JJ Dunphy, with Edmund Kenny also on his way back for the Exiles. Ryan Bogue’s return has boosted Fermanagh, who could also feature JP McGarry, Barry McPhillips, Francis McBrien and top scorer John Duffy.
Leitrim and Cavan will be aiming to get off the mark when they meet in in Carrick-on-Shannon.
2017 Lory Meagher runners-up Leitrim have struggled so far this year and they were edged out by Lancashire last Saturday. Cavan were in sight of an opening win when they led Fermanagh by five points on 47 minutes, but ten unanswered points from their local rivals turned the result on its head.
Veteran Clement Cunniffe has returned to lead Leitrim, alongside the likes of James Glancy, Stephen Goldrick, Gavin O’Hagan, Colm Moreton and Ben Murray. Cavan will need Diarmaid Carney, John and Colm Sheanon and Kevin Conneely on form.
Saturday, May 25
Lory Meagher Cup Round 2
Fermanagh v Lancashire, Brewster Park, 1pm
Leitrim v Cavan, Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 3pm