Sunday 19 November 2017

Qualifiers to get home help

ANTRIM, Clare, Donegal, Wicklow, Wexford and Laois will get home advantage in the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers if their opponents were at home at the same stage last year.

The draw takes place in Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow and will be shown live on RTE at 6.0.

There are no restrictions on possible first-round qualifier pairings but there are some in place regarding venue.

The first counties drawn out of the hat will have home advantage, but this will be reversed for teams who are drawn away for the second year running.

If two teams who were drawn away in 2010 are paired together in this year's campaign, the Central Competitions Control Committee will toss a coin to decide the venue next Monday.

Already included in this year's draw are Down, Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Wicklow, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Laois, Clare, Tipperary, Sligo and London.

They will be joined by the losers of Cavan v Donegal, Carlow v Louth and Wexford v Westmeath.

Irish Independent

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