Are you ready for a weekend of thrilling football action? The finals of the Lidl Ladies National League are set to take center stage, with four teams battling it out for the top prize in their respective divisions on Saturday followed by another double bill at Parnell Park on Sunday.
— KerryLGFA (@kerryladiesfoot) April 11, 2023
The Ladies' Football action will kick-off on Saturday in Croke Park hosting a double header; the Division One and Two finals. Armagh take on Laois in the first game of the day followed by Kerry versus Galway in the Division One final. Both Laois and Kerry make their return to Croke Park following appearances in the 2022 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Finals respectively.
Kerry and Galway faced-off in the last game of the normal league season after both sides had already qualified for the final. In what was a dress rehearsal for this weekend, Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was the scoring hero for Kerry with a first half haul of two goals and three points inspiring Kerry to a three-point victory over Galway.
Kerry, the 2022 Division Two champions, will be seeking their first Division One title since 1991 and their 12th top-flight title overall. The last time Kerry were in the Division One final was back in 2008 where they were defeated by Cork. They are up against formidable opposition in Galway, who are making their sixth Division One final appearance and their first since 2019. Galway are six-time runners-up and are yet to get their hands on the trophy. The Division One final, which will throw in at 5 p.m.
The Division Two decider between Armagh and Laois will preceed the Division One final - throw-in will be at 3pm. Both matches will be live on TG4. Armagh will compete in their fourth Division 2 Final, having emerged victorious in 2015 and 2005. Meanwhile, Laois feature in their sixth final in the second-tier, winning the championship in 2006 and 2001.
A few years ago, Meath won the Division Two title in 2021 before claiming the Division One silverware the following year. Kerry will be hoping to follow in these footsteps. Meanwhile, Armagh, the 2022 runners-up, will be looking to clinch the Division Two title for the third time in their history. The winners of the Division 2 final will be promoted to Division 1 for the 2024 campaign, which is a huge incentive for both sides.
Our team has been named for the Lidl Division 1 League Final in Croke Park this Saturday at 5pm
Get you tickets and come support our ladies.
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— Galway LGFA (@GalwayLgfa) April 12, 2023
On Sunday, the action then moves to Parnell Park, where the champions in Divisions Three and Four will be crowned. Antrim will take on Leitrim in the Division Four final, followed by Kildare and Clare competing for silverware in the Division Three final.
Antrim will hope to break their curse as runners-up in 2014, 2016, and 2019, while Leitrim also have a loss to avenge from 2021. Later in the day, at 4 pm, Clare and Kildare battle for the the Division Three title. Clare were relegated from Division Two last year but now have the opportunity to bounce back straight back up in their the first attempt. They were crowned Division Three champions previously in 2011 and 2006, while Kildare, having finished runners-up in 2021 and 1999, are hungry for their first Division Three title in history.
The stage is set. Who will come out on top. There's only one way to find out. Tune in this weekend!
Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 Final
Armagh vs Laois - 3pm
Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Final
Kerry vs Galway - 5pm
Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 4 Final
Antrim vs Leitrim- 3pm
Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 Final
Clare vs Kildare- 5pm