The New Year celebrations will have to be short for Leitrim’s Under 21 footballers as the 2014 Hastings Cup starts on Saturday, January 4, with the Green & Gold hosting Tipperary.
A newly expanded Hastings Cup will see 12 counties compete in three groups of four with Leitrim drawn in the same group as Tipperary, Meath and Wicklow.
The first game will see Leitrim take on the 2011 All-Ireland Minor Champions Tipperary at home but they face trips to both Meath and Wicklow in the following weeks.
The top team from each group along with the best second placed team will qualify for semi-finals with the other two second place teams contesting the Shield Final.
January 4: Leitrim v Tipperary
January 11: Meath v Leitrim
January 18: Wicklow v Leitrim