U21s face early start to New Year

Action from last Sunday's U21 Championship clash between St. Brigid's and Kiltoghert Gaels - some of these players will be in action for Leitrim in the Hasting Cup. Photo by Declan Gaffney
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.

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