Louth v Carlow, Double Header Preview, 31st March

Leinster U16 Championship at 12 noon.

Lidl NFL Division 4 at 1.30pm.

Louth Ladies continue their quest for a league semi-final place when they take on Carlow on Sunday in St. Margaret’s GAA Centre.

Louth travel to the north Dublin venue high on confidence after three consecutive wins, the latest a convincing victory over Antrim last weekend. It will be the third meeting between the counties in the last twelve months with Louth coming out on top in the league fixture in Darver and also in the Leinster Junior championship final.

Louth will give a late fitness test to midfielder Aoife Byrne who missed the win over Antrim with a leg injury.

Gerry McGill’s arrival has transformed Carlow, helping them into contention for a semi-final place. They won their opening three games with impressive wins over Kilkenny, Limerick and Leitrim which earned the Donegal native the manager of the month award for February. However in their most recent outing last Sunday their winning run came to an aprupt end as they went down to a heavy defeat at the hands of Fermanagh which ended their 100% record. They will be hoping to bounce back from that defeat but this is a tough game for them to make amends.

The game is preceded by the Leinster Under 16 Championship match between the same counties.

Louth were impressive in beating Wicklow in their opening round and a win on Sunday will ensure a semi-final spot with a game to play. The Martin Duffy managed side is back-boned by many of the successful U14 panel of the last couple of years and have a good recent record against the Garden County.

The management team have assembled a very talented squad with a backline well marshalled by Kaitlyn O’Reilly and Louise Johnston, a strong midfield pairing of Mia Duffy and Sophie Turley while up front up Roisin Maguire, Rachel Leonard and Sarah Gilmore are players of the highest quality.