Westmeath get chance of revenge over Louth

Westmeath and Louth will face each other for the second time in six weeks in the first round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers on June 30.

After narrowly losing to Peter Fitzpatrick’s side in their Leinster SFC preliminary round in Navan, the Lake County have a chance of revenge later this month. In all, there are three all-provincial games as well as three derbies down for decision, with Tipperary at home to Offaly who lost heavily to Kildare on Sunday.

Laois face Carlow, whose interests in the Leinster championship also ended this past weekend when Meath beat them in their quarter-final replay.

Fermanagh meet Cavan in Enniskillen.

The pick of the games look to be in Roscommon and Longford when the home teams take on Armagh and Derry respectively. Despite losing to Wexford, Glen Ryan’s Longford will more than fancy their chances in Pearse Park against John Brennan’s side who were bitterly disappointing against Donegal.

After Fermanagh’s surprise defeat in Ruislip last year, Antrim will be forewarned and forearmed travelling to London.

Waterford travel to Wicklow in an all Division 4 battle with John Owens hoping top forward Gary Hurney will be fit after a broken jaw ruled him out of the Munster defeat by Limerick.

With the exception of Westmeath, Tipperary, Longford and Westmeath, all teams drawn out first were awarded home advantage. As all four played away from home at the same stage last year, they were guaranteed a home tie providing they weren’t drawn against one another.

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee will confirm times and venues for the fixtures later today .

The winners of the eight ties, which will have the facility of extra-time, will face the beaten provincial semi-finalists which include Kerry on July 14.

All-Ireland SFC first round qualifiers, June 30 (first teams have home advantage): Laois v Carlow; Westmeath v Louth, Roscommon v Armagh, Fermanagh v Cavan, Tipperary v Offaly, London v Antrim, Wicklow v Waterford, Longford v Derry.

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