The draw for Round 1A and 1B of the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers took place this week. Limerick, who are in the qualifiers following their loss to Clare, will take on Antrim, in Antrim, on the weekend of June 25 and 26.
Leitrim are red hot at 4/7 to win their first round qualifier with ease as Waterford are priced at 7/4. Things are a lot closer between Laois and Armagh as the O’Moore County are priced at 5/6 with the Orchard County chasing their hosts at 6/5 to win. Wicklow are 8/13 to see off Carlow, who can be backed at 13/8 to triumph.
In the 1B qualifiers London will play the loser of Offaly v Westmeath and Wexford will play the loser of Fermanagh v Donegal. Down will host Longford whilst Limerick will head to Antrim for their fixture.
Antrim hold the 1/2 advantage over Limerick, who are priced at 2/1 to cause an upset at Corrigan Park. Down suffered a devastating 2-22 to 0-09 defeat to Monaghan on Sunday, but are 2/5 to pull things back and win their first round qualifier against Longford, who are available at 5/2.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented “The first round qualifiers have been drawn, apart from the fixtures for this weekend, and will kick off next weekend with the 1A qualifiers. The betting is sticking with home sides Leitrim and Laois to win their clashes, but are behind visitors Wicklow to defeat Carlow at 8/13.”
She added “Down will no doubt be out to reclaim some glory after a resounding defeat to Monaghan on Sunday. At 2/5 the odds are behind the Mournemen to return to form against Longford, who have been out of action since their preliminary round defeat to Offaly.”
Match Betting Home Draw Away
Leitrim v Waterford 4/7 7/1 7/4
Laois v Armagh 5/6 15/2 6/5
Carlow v Wicklow 13/8 7/1 8/13
Antrim v Limerick 1/2 7/1 2/1
Down v Longford 2/5 7/1 5/2
Laois v Armagh
Carlow v Wicklow
Derry v Louth/Meath
Leitrim v Waterford
Matches will take place on weekend June 18/19.
Down v Longford
Antrim v Limerick
Offaly/Westmeath v London
Wexford v Fermanagh/Donegal
Matches will take place on weekend June 25/26.