Sunday 28 May 2017

Qualifier draw means old pals will do battle

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

A LIFELONG friendship will take on a new dynamic thanks to the qualifier draw with Kieran McGeeney's Kildare set to take on Justin McNulty's Laois on Saturday week.

After playing football together for their home club Mullaghbawn, Na Fianna in Dublin and Armagh as well as attending the same school -- Abbey CBS in Newry -- the pair will go head to head for the first time in the championship in a bid to keep their summer alive.

The sides already met in the league in Newbridge in March when Kildare came out on top by two points.

Galway's trip to goal-hungry Meath will attract a considerable crowd to Navan, while London's reward for their first championship win in 34 years sees them pull in another home draw with Waterford set to visit Ruislip.

Last year's All-Ireland finalists Down will enjoy home comforts against Leitrim after their scare in Clare.

All games are fixed for Saturday, July 9 and throw-in times and venues will be confirmed by the GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee today.

SFC QUALIFIERS, Rd 2

Limerick v Offaly; Down v Leitrim; Laois v Kildare; Longford v Tyrone; Armagh v Wicklow; Meath v Galway; Antrim v Carlow; London v Waterford.

Irish Independent

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