by Sean Moriarty
The London Ladies will have to wait until next Monday (July 27) to learn who they will face in the next round of the All Ireland Intermediate football championship.
The Exiles have received a bye into round two and won’t play their next competitive game in the championship until the weekend of August 9.
Initially, after losing to Offaly in the Leinster semi-final three weeks ago, they understood that would have to play a qualifier game on the weekend of July 26 – the same weekend as the Leinster final between Offaly and Longford.
Three teams, London, Wicklow and Tipperary, qualify for the back door system and during last week’s launch of the Ladies All Ireland series in Croke Park, the London squad learned that they had received a bye in to the next round.
They will face either the winners of the aforementioned Leinster title, or winners of the Tipperary V Wicklow game. Both these games take place on Saturday.
They could also face one of the already qualified provincial champions: Fermanagh, Sligo or Limerick but the draw won’t take place until after the two matches on Saturday at the earliest and may even be delayed until Monday next.
London captain Renee Murphy said: “It does allow us more time to prepare. We are spared travel costs and it takes one step closer to where we want to be. Our panel is very strong this year and we will prepare with a few in-house games between the whole panel. Ideally we would prefer if we could avoid Limerick or Sligo as they seem strong and we would not mind if we had to face Offaly again.