Tough draw for Rossies as neighbours clash

Leitrim’s neighbours had mixed fortunes in the first round of the All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers with Roscommon handed a daunting task against Armagh.

Leitrim’s neighbours had mixed fortunes in the first round of the All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers with Roscommon handed a daunting task against Armagh.

With the games due to be played on Saturday week, June 30, Roscommon will face Armagh in Hyde Park while Longford, who went so close to reaching the Leinster Semi-Final, were given the chance to relive one of their greatest qualifier victories when they were drawn against Derry, also at home.

Leitrim’s Ulster neighbours will also a reunion when Fermanagh host Cavan, a game both teams will feel they have a legitimate shot at winning and one with a strong understated local rivalry.

London, defeated by Leitrim in the first round, received a home draw against Antrim in the Qualifiers.

The eight first round winners will be drawn against the eight beaten Provincial semi-finalists with round two of the qualifiers down for July 14. Venues have yet to be confirmed. The full draw for the first round of the Football Qualifiers is as follows:

Laois v Carlow, Westmeath v Louth, Roscommon v Armagh, Fermanagh v Cavan, Tipperary v Offaly, London v Antrim, Wicklow v Waterford, Longford v Derry.