Compiled by Jackie Cahill
IT’S another bumper weekend in 2019 Lidl Ladies National Football League – with another full round of fixtures across the four divisions on the agenda.
Three fixtures were postponed in Round 1, which means that Sligo, Meath, Leitrim, Derry, Antrim and Fermanagh will begin their campaigns on Sunday.
There were two games played today with Galway beating Monaghan 1-09 to 1-07 to claim top spot in Division 1 and in today’s other fixture in Division 2 Kerry and Waterford shared the spoils in a thrilling draw with the final score Kerry 0-15, Waterford 2-09.
There are 14 Lidl Ladies National Football League fixtures down for decision on Sunday and below are the previews of each game.
Sunday 10th February 2019
Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 1 – Round 2
Tipperary v Dublin, Ardfinnan – G McMahon (Mayo)
A crucial fixture for both teams as Tipperary welcome Lidl Ladies National Football League and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin to Ardfinnan on Sunday.
A bumper crowd is expected for this fixture as both counties look to get off the mark following opening round defeats.
Tipp boss Shane Ronayne has made four changes to his starting 15 following last Sunday’s defeat in Mayo.
Emma Buckley, Brid Condon, Niamh Lonergan and Sarah Everard come in to replace Lucy Spillane, Roisin McGrath, Angela McGuigan and Ava Fennessy.
Dublin boss Mick Bohan has made two changes to the side started against Donegal, with TG4 All Stars Lauren Magee and Lyndsey Davey coming in for Niamh McEvoy, who picked up a knock at Croke Park, and Kate Sullivan.
Magee and Davey were both introduced off the bench against Donegal – with Davey netting a goal.
Dublin will be fancied to pick up maximum points on their trip to Tipp but they’ll get nothing easy from the fired-up hosts.
With Sinéad Aherne still not involved for Dublin, goalkeeper Ciara Trant captains the side once again.
Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; E Buckley, M Curley, E Cronin; B Condon, S Lambert (capt.), C Maher; A.R. Kennedy, E Fitzpatrick; N Lonergan, A Moloney, R Daly; L Dillon, C Condon, S Everard.
Dublin: C Trant (capt.); M Byrne, N Collins, E McDonagh; S Fagan, O Carey, L Magee; S McGrath, J Dunne; A Kane, S Woods, C Rowe; N Owens, L Davey, S Killeen.
Donegal v Mayo, Convoy – B Rice (Down) – Live on LGFA Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/ from 1.45pm.
This should be a cracking game between two counties flying high on confidence following impressive Round 1 victories.
The LGFA will stream this fixture between Donegal and Mayo LIVE on the Association’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball/ on Sunday from Convoy, with Jerome Quinn and former Donegal skipper Maria Devenney on commentary.
Donegal were brilliant at Croke Park last Saturday evening when they defeated Lidl NFL Division 1 title holders and TG4 All-Ireland Senior champions Dublin.
Skipper Karen Guthrie collected 1-4 in a Player of the Match display and it’s not surprising that manager Maxi Curran has opted for an unchanged starting 15.
Mayo are also unchanged as they target a second win from two outings.
Peter Leahy’s side saw off the challenge of newly-promoted Tipperary in Swinford last Sunday, with versatile star Rachel Kearns collecting 1-6. Grace Kelly chipped in with a 1-1 haul for Mayo, who are giving a host of new players invaluable big-game experience.
Donegal: A Nee; T Hegarty, E Gallagher, E McGinley; T Doherty, N McLaughlin, N Carr; K Herron, N Boyle; K Guthrie (capt.), N Hegarty, A Boyle Carr; G McLaughlin, M Ryan, C Grant.
Mayo: L Brennan; R Flynn, N Moran, D Caldwell; K Sullivan, Ciara McManamon, N O’Malley; Clodagh McManamon, D Finn; N Kelly (capt.), F Doherty, S Cafferky; E Needham, R Kearns, G Kelly.
Westmeath v Cork, Cusack Park, Mullingar– G Carmody (Roscommon)
Westmeath, who battled relegation last year, got off to a brilliant start with victory over Monaghan last weekend.
There were significant contributions from Johanna Maher, Leanne Slevin and experienced Maud Annie Foley in a comfortable win against the Farney County.
The quality of opposition goes up a notch when Cork visit Cusack Park in Mullingar on Sunday – with the Rebelettes smarting from their loss to Galway last Saturday.
Westmeath are unchanged as they look to claim another big scalp but Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald has made four changes in personnel.
Former All-Ireland Minor A championship winners Sarah Leahy and Sadhbh O’Leary, a highly-rated attacker, come into the side, along with Aisling Kelleher and Orlagh Farmer.
Ciara McCarthy, Meabh Cahalane and camogie pair Hannah Looney and Libby Coppinger drop out of the team that started against Galway in Mallow.
Westmeath: K Walsh; R Dillon, J Rogers, L Power; F Coyle, K McDermott, F Claffey; K Boyce Jordan, V Carr; L McCartan, L Slevin, J Maher; S Dolan, A Jones, M.A. Foley.
Cork: M O’Brien; S Leahy, S Kelly, A Kelleher; D Kiely, M Duggan, E Kiely; A Hutchings, L O’Mahony; A O’Sullivan, N Cotter, O Farmer; E Scally, S O’Leary, O Finn.
Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 2 – Round 2
Tyrone v Laois, Healy Park, Omagh – D Carolan (Down)
Tyrone claimed a point on their visit to Cavan last Sunday, a game that was Live-streamed on the LGFA’s Facebook Page.
They needed a late Maria Canavan free for a draw against a fired-up Cavan in the Ulster derby.
Laois are the visitors to Healy Park on Sunday and the O’Moore County were well-beaten by Armagh in their first outing.
Wexford v Clare, St Patrick’s Park, Enniscorthy, 1pm – J Murphy (Laois)
Wexford were promoted from Division 3 last year but got a taste of what life is like in the second tier when Waterford beat them by 9 points last weekend.
Anthony Masterson and his players will hope to bounce back quickly from that setback but Clare will present further stiff opposition on Sunday.
The Banner County were unlucky not to claim maximum points against Kerry last weekend and will fancy their chances of gaining a positive result on their travels.
Armagh v Cavan, Clonmore – S McLoughlin (Donegal)
Armagh put five goals past Laois last weekend to announce themselves as serious promotion contenders from Division 2.
They’ll hope to make it two wins from two on Sunday in Clonmore but Cavan will have taken great heart from their performance against Tyrone, when they felt unlucky not to win.
Another Ulster derby awaits Cavan now and the two counties fought out a thrilling 2-14 apiece draw in the group stages last year.
Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 3 – Round 2
Wicklow v Down, Aughrim, 12pm – B Redmond (Wexford) – double-header with GAA
Wicklow were defeated by Roscommon in Round 1 but scored 2-6 and were competitive against the 2018 Connacht Intermediate champions.
Down scored 6-7 and claimed a morale-boosting victory on their visit to Offaly last weekend. They’ll hope to make it two from two but Wicklow will look to make home advantage count.
Kildare v Roscommon, St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge – S McNulty (Wicklow)
An interesting game in store in Newbridge between two counties who claimed Round 1 victories.
Roscommon were impressive against Wicklow while Kildare’s smash and grab away to Longford provided evidence that they can grind out results.
Longford v Sligo, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park – D McEnery (Westmeath)
Meath’s clash with Sligo was called off due to the weather last weekend – and Sligo now face a clash with Longford in their first League fixture of the year.
Sligo were relegated from Division 2 last year but will look to bounce back at the first attempt.
Longford lost out to Kildare in their first outing – but only to a late goal.
Meath v Offaly, Páirc Tailteann, 12pm – P Burke (Louth) – double-header with GAA
Meath were beaten Division 3 Finalists last year and will aim for another promotion push.
Offaly scored plenty, 3-12, but also conceded too much, 6-7, when they lost out to Down in Round 1.
Lidl Ladies National Football League – Division 4 – Round 2
Leitrim v Derry, St Mary’s, Cloone – S Coyle (Donegal)
First outings for both teams after their games were postponed last weekend.
Leitrim are back in action after opting not to field a team in 2018 – while Derry collected just three points from seven games in 2018.
Antrim v Fermanagh, The Dub (Queens), 1pm – K McKeever (Armagh)
A similar story for Antrim and Fermanagh, who were both due to play last weekend but left twiddling their thumbs.
An Ulster derby kicks off their respective campaigns and Antrim won by four points when they met in the group stages last year.
Louth v Kilkenny, Stabannon Parnells, 1.30pm – L O’Sullivan (Dublin)
Louth lost out by a point against Limerick in Round 1, in what was a repeat of the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Junior Final.
Kilkenny suffered a big defeat to Carlow but will look to improve on their visit to the Wee County.
Limerick v Carlow, Askeaton, 2.30pm – S Curley (Galway)
Both counties claimed hugely valuable opening day victories – and will now aim for top-four finishes.
Limerick ground it out against Louth while Carlow put 5-15 past Kilkenny to get their season off to a fine start.