Wicklow Paired with Laois in Qualifier Draw

The 16 teams that failed to make the provincial semi-final stage, minus New York, went into the bowl for the draw which took place this morning live on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland.
Wicklow have been drawn to face Laois with Wicklow almost certain to have a home game in Joule Park. If this is the case it will be Jonny Magees first home game in the championship since he took over as manager after playing away to Meath, Armagh, Laois and Carlow in his two seasons in charge.
Laois were the visitors to Aughrim in May 2014 and won on a score line of 0-21 to 1-11 while they got the better of us in Portlaoise last May 2016 by 3-16 to 0-18.
In fact our last championship win over them was in Aughrim in June 1986 on a famous day, 2-10 to 1-09.
We played them early in the year in Greystones in the O’Byrne Cup in Greystones with Laois on top 2-17 to 1-08.
After defeating Longford first day out and suffering a heavy loss to Kildare last weekend Laois under Peter Creedon will still arrive in Aughrim as favourites.

Carlow have a real chance of progressing further having been drawn with London. Turlough O’Brien’s side have a had a great summer so far, beating Wexford and giving Dublin a rattle in Portlaoise last Saturday.

Times, dates and venues will be confirmed for this qualifier clashes later on Tuesday. The first team drawn out will be given home advantage in most circumstances.

If the two teams met already in their province this year, the winner of that provincial championship game will have home advantage.

Also, if a county did not have a home game in the first round of the qualifier series in 2016 they will have a home tie this time around. If two such counties are drawn together the first team out of the bowl will play at home.

The qualifiers were divided into A and B sections to cut down on the waiting time for some teams eliminated early from their provincial championships.

The ‘A’ side of the draw will be played a week earlier than ‘B’. If a team from the A section make it through to the All-Ireland quarter-finals, they will play in the earlier two of the four games on the last weekend in July.


All-Ireland qualifiers Round 1A
(Game to be played weekend June 17/18)
Waterford v Derry
Louth v Longford
Wicklow v Laois
Sligo v Antrim

All-Ireland qualifiers Round 1B
(Game to be played weekend June 24/25)
Westmeath/Offaly v Cavan/Monaghan
Armagh v Fermanagh
Limerick v Wexford
London v Carlow