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Lilies aim to reverse dismal record


NEW’ MISSION: Kildare’s Cian O’Neill. Photo: SPORTSFILE

NEW’ MISSION: Kildare’s Cian O’Neill. Photo: SPORTSFILE


NEW’ MISSION: Kildare’s Cian O’Neill. Photo: SPORTSFILE

For the second time in successive summers, Kildare will attempt to knock the most recent beaten All-Ireland finalists from the Championship before the commencement of the 'Super 8s' in Newbridge after the CCCC confirmed the fixtures for this weekend's round three qualifiers, writes Conor McKeon.

Having successfully taken on Croke Park last summer for their right to a home fixture against Mayo - which Cian O'Neill's team won by 0-21 to 0-19 - last year, Kildare will host Tyrone in the first of Saturday's live televised football matches.

The game will be all-ticket, with St Conleth's Park holding just 8,200.

The ground is scheduled for development at the end of this year.

Kildare have around 1,000 season ticket holders while Tyrone have approximately 1,200.


The Lilywites have beaten Tyrone just once in the past 10 meetings while Mickey Harte has steered his team to two Championship victories in Newbridge in 2009 and '13, the latter ending Kieran McGeeney's reign as manager.

McGeeney will take his Armagh team to MacHale Park, Castlebar later that evening (7pm) to play Mayo in Sky's second live televised game.

In Mullingar at 6pm, Westmeath host Clare while Laois meet Offaly in the round's all-Leinster clash in O'Moore Park at 7pm.


Saturday, June 29

Kildare v Tyrone, Newbridge, 5.0, Live Sky Sports

Westmeath v Clare, Mullingar, 6.0

Mayo v Armagh, MacHale Park, 7.0, Live Sky Sports

Laois v Offaly, Portlaoise, 7.0