Longford to face Laois in opening round of 2017 Leinster Senior Football Championship

Alan Walsh

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Alan Walsh

Longford to face Laois in opening round of 2017 Leinster Senior Football Championship

Longford manager Denis Connerton.

Denis Connerton’s Longford will face Laois in the opening round of the 2017 Leinster senior football championship.

The winners of that 1st round encounter in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise will then take on Kildare in the quarter-final, with the semi-final opposition coming from one of Louth/Wicklow/Meath.

When Longford and Laois last clashed in the Leinster SFC in 2012, Longford won the first round game at Pearse Park by a point, 1-10 to 0-12.

All-Ireland champions Dublin are in the opposite half of the draw.

Longford, of course, were the only team to defeat Jim Gavin's side in 2016, beating the Dubs in the O'Byrne Cup semi-final last January. 

For the past three seasons, Longford and Offaly met in the opening round of the championship.

After they succumbed to Offaly last May, the Longford men went on to enjoy an impressive run in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers, defeating Division 1 sides Down and Monaghan away, before ultimately bowing out at the hands of Cork in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship 2017 draw


1st Round
Louth v Wicklow
Laois v Longford
Carlow v Wexford


Quarter-finals
Winners Louth or Wicklow v Meath
Winners Laois or Longford  v Kildare
Winners Carlow or Wexford v Dublin
Offaly v Westmeath

Semi-finals
Louth/Wicklow/Meath v Laois/Longford/Kildare
Carlow/Wexford/Dublin v Offaly/Westmeath