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Louth's re-fixture against Wicklow primed for Saturday week as Dundalk Young Irelands learn All-Ireland semi-final details

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Louth's re-fixture against Wicklow primed for Saturday week as Dundalk Young Irelands learn All-Ireland semi-final  details

Dundalk Young Irelands' Derek Maguire. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Louth’s O’Byrne Cup group two clash with Wicklow is still to be officially re-fixed following its postponement on Saturday

The logical date for the encounter is Saturday, December 29, which comes almost a year to the day since the Reds opened their 2018 O’Byrne Cup account. 

There had been some early speculation that the match could be played on Thursday night, December 20. However, this notion was only briefly explored with neither team said to have been keen on a midweek assignment.

Torrential rainfall on Friday night/Saturday morning saw the game called off early in the day with Bray Emmets’ playing field deemed to have been waterlogged.

Louth’s next scheduled outing comes against Longford - who made it two from two in this season’s pre-season competition with victory in Meath on Saturday evening - in the Midlands on January 5. The semi-finals and final are down for decision on the following weekends, ahead of the National League’s beginning on January 26.

Elsewhere, Wexford’s clash with Laois and Westmeath vs Offaly also fell victim of the weather over the weekend.

 

YOUNG IRELANDS BOYS HURRAY

Dundalk Young Irelands' All-Ireland JFC semi-final against Kerry champions Beaufort will be played on Sunday, January 20, at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Throw-in: 2pm.

Adrian O'Donoghue's men became the first Louth team to claim Leinster junior glory last week when they overcame St. Brigid's of Offaly in a dramatic encounter in Drogheda.

No team from the county has ever reached an All-Ireland final, with Geraldines and Sean O'Mahony's both falling short at the last four stage of the intermediate competition, in 2014 and '15.