Wicklow ladies to kick-off 2019 league season with trip to Roscommon

The Wicklow lady footballers will begin their 2019 Division Three league season with a trip to Roscommon at the start of February.

Mick O’Rourke’s former side were promoted to the third-tier following a memorable season in 2018, during which they were the only side in the country to win every one of their games on the way to a Division Four title.

That league success was part of a tremendous year for O’Rourke’s side, who made it to the final of the TG4 Leinster Intermediate Football Championship, which they lost to Laois in their first defeat of the season.

The fixtures for the new league season were released on Wednesday, with Wicklow facing a tricky trip to Roscommon on the opening day on the 2nd of February.

That will be followed by two consecutive home games against Down and Kildare on the 10th and 24th of February respectively. They then travel to Sligo — who were relegated to Division Three in 2018 — on the 3rd of March, presenting an opportunity for revenge after Sligo knocked Wicklow out of the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship quarter-finals in August.

Wicklow play their final home game against Offaly on St. Patrick’s Day, before playing away to Meath and Longford on the 24th of March and 7th of April.

The league season will be capped off by semi-finals taking place on the 20th-21st of April. The Division Three final will then take place on the 4th of May.

The trip to play Meath is sure to be the most challenging game for the Garden County side, as Meath lost out to promotion to Division 2 via a 3-10 to 1-12 defeat to Wexford in the league final.

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