GAA: The GAA today confirmed times and venues for the first round of SFC qualifiers with the eagerly-anticipated fixture between Louth and Meath to be played at Breffni Park.
All eight fixtures will be played on Saturday, June 25th with the repeat of last year’s Leinster final at Breffni Park having a 7pm throw-in and will be shown live on RTÉ 2.
Although Louth had home advantage after being drawn first in last night’s draw in Carrick-on-Shannon, the game will be played at the neutral Dublin venue because the Louth county ground, Drogheda, has a capacity of just 4,000.
Last year’s provincial final between the two sides ended in controversy when Meath won the game with a disputed late goal from Joe Sheridan.
The game will be preceded by the meeting of Cavan and Longford, which has a 5.00pm start at the same venue.
Elsewhere, last year’s beaten All-Ireland champions, Down, will travel to Cusack Park, Ennis to face Clare, with the game throwing in at 3.00pm.
The throw-in times for next weekend’s All-Ireland SHC Preliminary Round games were also been confirmed.
Cork travel to Portlaoise, where they will face Laois at 3pm, while the meeting of Antrim and Westmeath also has a 3pm throw-in at Casement Park.
All-Ireland SFC Round 1 Qualifiers
(Saturday, June 25th 2011)
Clare v Down, 3pm
Cusack Park, Ennis
Laois v Tipperary, 5pm/7pm*
Antrim v Westmeath, 2pm
Louth v Meath, 7pm
London v Fermanagh, 1.30pm
Cavan v Longford, 5pm
Wicklow v Sligo, 5.00pm
Offaly v Monaghan, 7pm
(*If part of double-header with SHC Laois v Offaly, throw in will be at 5pm. Or as stand alone game throw-in will be at 7pm)
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