27 Nov 2021

Bookies odds reflect size of task facing Leitrim

Bookies odds reflect size of task facing Leitrim

They say bookies are rarely wrong but Leitrim fans will hope they are when it comes to the odds for this year’s Allianz League Division 4 with the Green & Gold ranked joint fifth in the promotion race with Wicklow.

According to Paddy Power, Westmeath are slight favourites at 11/10 ahead of Wexford at 5-2 with Limerick third at 7/2. Carlow are ranked at 14/1 with Wicklow & Leitrim together on 16/1. Only Waterford (18/1) and London (150/1) are ranked below the Green & Gold.

And there is no doubt that there is a huge task ahead - the FBD League defeat against Galway was against one of the top sides in the country but the first half of the Sligo game was far more worrying as Leitrim would always feel they have the measure of their neighbours.

Brendan Guckian is introducing a lot of new faces, players who will undoubtedly be the backbone of Leitrim teams for the next ten years but replacing the likes of Paddy Maguire, Cathal McCrann, Darren Sweeney and Kevin Conlan is a huge task.

Dealing with the players' workload is another dilemma with only a one-week break in February rather than the usual two which, given eight U21s in the Leitrim squad, could test Leitrim's strength in depth.

Many fans feel that this year's U21 team have a great chance of Provincial glory. The U21 clash with Galway is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, with the winners facing Mayo a week later but balancing the work-load for these young players, many lining out with colleges, is a tough task.

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.