Christy Ring and Lory Meagher cup round one preview
By Cian Dalton
All seems right with the world when intercounty football and hurling championship is back on our screens. There are some tasty match-ups in the various competitions up and down the country. Two teams that I have been keeping a close eye on during the Allianz Hurling Leagues are in action in the Christy Ring and Lory Meagher cups respectively. Wicklow take on Roscommon at home in round 1 of the Christy Ring cup while Longford welcome Louth to Pearse Park in the Lory Meagher cup. Both teams had disappointing league campaigns and will be hoping to kickstart their championship, and really their year, with a win.
Wicklow v. Roscommon, Aughrim, Saturday 26th June 4pm.
Wicklow and Roscommon both lost all of their games and finished bottom of their leagues (2A and 2B respectively) a few weeks ago. Wicklow in particular took some heavy beatings over the course of the league and need a strong performance to get their season properly going. Home advantage didn’t materialise in the league for Eamonn Scallan’s troops but he will be hoping a few home fans can spur Wicklow on to their first competitive win of 2021.
Roscommon have named their team for the clash, with Cathal Dolan starting at centre forward. He was their top scorer and performer in the league and they will be hoping he will fire on all cylinders tomorrow afternoon. This is a tough one to call with both teams lacking confidence. The game will be streamed live on Wicklow G.A.A.’s Facebook page.
Longford v. Louth, Pearse Park, Saturday 26th June 4pm.
Longford finished bottom of a very competitive Division 3A this year. Their replacements for next year and current holders of the Lory Meagher cup, Louth, will be looking to capitalise on their promotion from Division 3B and start the campaign to retain the cup they won last year.
Darren Geoghegan was the top scorer in Division 3B, scoring 29 points for the Wee County. The momentum will definitely be with them as they look to keep a fantastic season going. Longford will be low on confidence after losing three games and drawing one. However, their draw against Tyrone and their narrow loss to Monaghan will give them some hope. The game will be streamed on Youtube by the user Declan Gilmore at 4 pm tomorrow.