Limerick footballers to play Kildare

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Limerick are to play Kildare in round three of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers.

Limerick are to play Kildare in round three of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers.

Limerick will the Kieran McGeeney managed Kildare in Newbridge next weekend.

The sides last met in the qualifiers in 2008 when Kildare beat a Limerick team that had defeated Meath in the previous round.

Eight players that lined out in that game are still central to the Limerick team - Johnny McCarthy, Padraig Browne, Pa Ranahan, Jim O’Donovan, Stephen Kelly, Seanie Buckley, Ger Collins and Ian Ryan.If Limerick overcome Kildare they would play beaten Connacht finalists; Sligo in the next round. That game would be at a neutral venue.The trip to Newbridge for Limerick will be very familiar for Limerick coach Brian Lacey, a former Kildare All-Star defender.The draws were made live RTE’s radio, Morning Ireland this morning by former Dublin star Ciaran Whelan with GAA Director General Pauric Duffy.Elsewhere in the draws Tipperary play Antrim, Leitrim play Laois and Kerry host Tyrone.

The times, venues and dates for all the games will be confirmed later this Monday afternoon by Croke Park officials.

Limerick will monitor the fitness of captain Ger Collins this week. The Monaleen player missed the win over Longford on Saturday.