Leinster 2009 National football league 2nd round preview

2009 National football league 2nd round preview
Division 1A Tyrone v Laois. (Ref: Seamus O Neill (Armagh)
Laois travel north to take on Tyrone this weekend, and although the O’Moore side had a convincing win over Donegal (7-12 to 1-5) in the first round, they will be well aware that the Tyrone side will be a tougher test, Tyrone were also victors in their first round game, with a two point win over Mayo (1-9 to 1-7). When Laois and Tyrone went head to head last season, the red hand county won by the narrowest of margins (0-8 to 0-7), so the stage is set for a close exciting division one 2nd round game.
Division 1B Dublin v Kildare ( Venue: Naomh Mearnog, Portmarnock Ref:James Flood (Wexford)
Dublin and Kildare meet next Sunday in round 2 of the Bord Gais Energy NFL. The Dubs come into this game on a high after a convincing win over Monaghan in their first round game, Kildare manager, Paul Kelly, will be looking for on improved performance from the Lily Whites after they suffered a heavy defeat to the Rebelettes in their first round encounter. While in the opposite corner, Dublin manager Gerry McGill will want the Jackies to keep the winning momentum going. Dublin go into this game with a strong squad, and an excellent mix of youth and experience .For Kildare, this is a must win game. A second defeat could see them fall into the relegation zone. While the jackies are the bookies favourites, Kildare held them to a draw (1-12 to 1-12) in the same encounter last season, so its all to play for in this Bord Gais Energy second round game.
Division 2A : Westmeath v Wexford ( venue: Mullingar Shamrocks. Ref: Christy Haughney (Meath)
Westmeath play host to Wexford on Sunday next in Mullingar, this will be the lake counties first game in the Bord Gais Energy NFL, Westmeath retained their intermediate championship status after beating Limerick in a relegation playoff a number of weeks ago.
they were due to play Tipperary in the 1st round, but the game was called off due to bad weather conditions. Wexford will arrive in Mullingar on the back of a confident performance against Waterford in their 1st round game, and they hope to be strengthened with the return of a number of senior players.
Bith sides last met in last years leinster intermediate championship, and it was the Model county that collected the points on the day with a score line of 3-8 to 1-9.
Division 2B: Meath v Longford ( Venue: Trim, Co, Meath 13:00 Ref: Tony Lennon (Dublin)
Meath will open their doors to the Leinster Intermediate champions, Longford on Sunday next, when both sides meet for the first time this season, the game will throwin at one o’clock.
Meath received a bye in the first round, while Longford were due to play their first round game against Down, but the game was called off due to poor weather conditions.
Under a new management team led by Brendan Dardis the Royal county seem to be highly motivated and focused and are probably favourites to collect all three points.

(Mick Forde Leinster PRO.)

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