While Dublin are expected to dominate the Leinster Senior Football Championship again this season, several counties are entering the campaign with a point to prove.
After completing a record-breaking seventh Leinster title in a row last season, the reigning All-Ireland champions are hot favourites to retain the Delaney Cup.
But there are still some evenly-matched games in store at venues across the province. The action gets underway at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday, 12th May when Wexford host Laois at 6.30pm.
A double-header will take place the following afternoon at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, with Louth v Carlow at 2pm, followed by Offaly v Wicklow at 4pm.
Laois enter the championship having won the Allianz League Division 4 this spring under new boss John Sugrue and will be anxious to build on that achievement this summer. Wexford were relegated after a tough Division 3 campaign and so will hope that home advantage proves beneficial.
Carlow won many admirers for their exploits in 2018 and Turlough O’Brien’s side kept up the momentum with promotion from Division 4 this year. Pete McGrath’s Louth will provide a stern test at O’Moore Park on Sunday in a game which should be in the balance until the very end.
In the second game at O’Moore Park, Offaly and Wicklow will battle it out for the right to take on Dublin. Wicklow have the experienced John Evans at the helm and despite not progressing from Division 4, will believe they have the ability to take a scalp in the Championship. Offaly retained their Division 3 status with a last round victory over neighbours Westmeath which should have boosted the morale in their camp.
Tickets for those three games are already on sale, and there are offers available for families and groups. (Further information on www.leinstergaa.ie/tickets)