Leitrim will face old rivals Roscommon in the 2014 Connacht Championship Quarter-Finals after the draw for next year’s championship was made in Croke Park tonight (Thursday).
New Manager Sean Hagan will lead the Green & Gold against John Evans’ Roscommon in Hyde Park, a draw that is sure to capture the imagination of both sets of supporters in the coming months.
However, neither team will relish the rest of the draw with Mayo likely to face the winners in the semi-final with this year’s All-Ireland finalists heading to Gaelic Park in New York to take on New York.
On the other side of the draw, the winners of the London and Galway Quarter-Final will take on Sligo in the semi-final.
Leitrim last faced the Rossies in 2011 when Fergal O’Donnell’s side strolled to a comprehensive 2-12 to 0-6 victory in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada and given the way the fixtures have panned out, it is likely the game will take place in late May but that has yet to be confirmed by the Connacht Council.
A victory for Sean Hagan’s team would mean a visit for Mayo, providing they overcome New York, to Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada for the semi-final.
The Green & Gold already know some of their potential opponents in the Qualifiers as the GAA have designated two separate paths for the All-Ireland Qualifiers with Leitrim designated in Group B.
Possible opponents for the qualifiers, regardless of where Leitrim exit the provincial championship, will include Ulster’s Tyrone, Down, Armagh, Cavan, Monaghan, Leinster’s Westmeath, Louth, Kildare, Carlow or Meath or Munster’s Clare and Waterford.
Leitrim’s neighbours have had a mixed draw with Longford facing Offaly in the first round with the winners going on to face Wexford in the quarter-finals. 2012 All-Ireland Champions Donegal will be reasonably happy as they take on Derry while Cavan face an intriguing clash against Armagh, a team they knocked out of the championship earlier this year. Fermanagh face Antrim in an encounter likely to inspire them for the coming season.
The full draw for the 2014 Connacht Senior Championship is as follows:
Quarter-Finals:London v Galway; Mayo v New York; Leitrim v Roscommon
Semi-Finals: Leitrim/Roscommon v Mayo/New York; London/Galway v Sligo