Division 4 is a very hard division to call perhaps the hardest of all division’s to call. Action will commence on Saturday the 27th with London hosting Carlow in Ruislip, while Laois are at home to Limerick. On Sunday the 28th, Antrim will host Leitrim in Belfast and Wicklow welcome Waterford to Aughrim. Many people would see Laois as favourites to win the division, I certainly do as well but it will be much tighter than people expect, Laois have been on the downfall the last 2-3 years so maybe this is the division for them. You would feek between the rest of 5 teams, Antrim and Carlow would come close to promotion, but it is hard to call. Once more , I have done a team by team preview.
Laois: Relegated from Division 3 last year and were very poor. However, in saying that they have a lot of more recognised players when you compare them to the other five teams. Colm Begley, John O’Loughlin, Donie Kingston would probably get on any team in the country. Potential winners of the division in my opinion.
Carlow: Turlough O’Brien’s charges have been in good form and will come into the league with a good 2017 behind them. They went on a qualifier run and also faced Dublin. Can get a few wins in this division in my opinion especially against Wicklow, Leitrim and Waterford. They will rely on players like Paul Broderick, Danny St Ledger, Sean Murphy and Darragh Foley. Expect a good campaign for them.
Antrim: Antrim had a poor campaign last season. They will be difficult to beat at home however, will fancy their opening game against Leitrim. Ryan Murray, Niall McKeever, Kevin Niblock and Tomas McCann will all be key players. Antrim will need to get a few wins under their belt and they will.
Wicklow: John Evans has took over the reigns in Wicklow which is a massive boost for the Garden County. His old style of play will make Aughrim a fortress when teams come to visit. Wicklow will need players like Seanie Furlong, Paddy Cunningham, Paul McLoughlin and David Boothman to be on form. Will probably win a game or two but cant see them challenging for promotion.
Limerick: Limerick will feel they have a strong chance at promotion. They pushed Wexford close in terms of grabbing second spot in this division last year so they will challenge again for sure. Billy Lee will look to players like Iain Corbett, Ger Collins, Seamus O’Carroll and Darragh Treacy. Potential for promotion in my opinion.
London: London will have all home games in the league so it’s hard not to see them picking up a win or two. Players like Liam Gavaghan, Ryan Jones, Colin Dunne and Marc Jordan will be key. Won’t challenge for promotion or anything but may determine who qualifies for promotion etc if they pull off wins.
Leitrim: Leitrim haven’t made much of an impact in the division over the years, but they have some good players. Brendan Guckian will want players like Keith Bernie, Darragh Rooney, Donal Wrynn and Shane Moran to have big league campaigns. Will certainly be tough to beat in Carrick On Shannon.
Waterford: Have made little of no impact in this division over the last number of years. The footballers do tend to play second fiddle to the hurlers, but some nice footballers like Donie Breathnach, Michael O’Halloran and Stephen Prendergast. May pick up a win or two, don’t threathen anymore than that though.
Promotion: Laois and Limerick