Tough draw for U21s as hurlers face new rivals

The Leitrim U21 team that contested this year's Connacht Championship Final. They will begin their campaign next year with a visit to McHale Park to face Mayo.
Leitrim face a tough task if they hope to repeat this year’s heroics in next year’s Connacht U21 Championship after the draw pitted Leitrim against the province’s two giants.

Leitrim face a tough task if they hope to repeat this year’s heroics in next year’s Connacht U21 Championship after the draw pitted Leitrim against the province’s two giants.

Leitrim have been handed a daunting U21 Championship draw as Shane Ward’s team will travel to play Mayo in McHale Park, Castlebar on Wednesday, March 11, in a preliminary round game under lights.

Victory would mean Leitrim would then face a Galway team intent on revenge in the semi-final in Tuam on Saturday, March 21, although Leitrim’s recent record in St. Jarlath’s Park will be a boost.

On the other side of the draw, Roscommon take on Sligo in the semi-final with the Connacht Final fixed for Saturday, April 4.

Leitrim’s hurlers will also have a new opponent next year after it was confirmed that Lancashire, taking in Liverpool and Manchester, will have a team in the Lory Meagher Cup. Leitrim will be joined by neighbours Sligo and Fermanagh as well as Lancashire and Warwickshire.