LEAGUE HOPES ARE HIGH FOR LONDON - Dublin meets Kerry in first weekend of the Allianz Football League, as Ciaran Deely oversees his first competitive game as London manager.

Dublin meets Kerry in first weekend of the Allianz Football League, as Ciaran Deely oversees his first competitive game as London manager

The Allianz Football League kicks off this weekend, with many high profile clashes opening from the off, as 2015 All Ireland finalists Dublin and Kerry lock horns again.

Ciaran Deely will oversee his first ever competitive game as London manager as his footballers travel to Drogheda to take on Louth.

He will be confident after the performance a fortnight previously, where in a challenge match away from home his team led the Dublin Under 21s side 0-12 to 1-06 at half time.

They eventually lost by 2-13 to 0-15 as they blooded new players, but a solid performance was put in ahead of their Division 4 opener this weekend.

While London have yet to contest any inter-county fixtures this year, their competition comes in the form of Louth who featured in the O’Byrne Cup this month. They reached the semifinal, where they eventually ran out runner-ups to Meath in a slight one-point defeat to the eventual champions.

Meath ended up beating Longford in the final, who had beaten All Ireland champions Dublin in the semi-final.

In Louth’s last game they were only just beaten 0-11 to 0-10 by Meath after a rousing second-half comeback.

It was the same kind of form that saw them top Pool B after wins over Kildare and DIT, but they just missed out on the victory as they left too much to do when a dip in concentration after the second-half whistle saw them five points behind.

Deely is expected to have a panel of 35 to choose from as London boast one of their most competitive in recent years.

A total of 55 players were involved with the trials, and 30 travelled to Ireland for the training weekend. With some players due to be absent for the opening league game against Louth due to suspensions and injuries, a panel of 35 will be chosen shortly.

Other mouth-watering fixtures this opening weekend see Ulster battles between Down and Donegal, as well as Derry and Fermanagh, and Tyrone and Cavan.


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