Niall Mitchell in action against Athlone in last year's SFC. Mitchell and his teammates from The Downs face St Loman's in the first round of this year's championship.

County Board release full fixture schedule for football championships

Westmeath County Board have released the full fixture schedule for the group stage of this year's football championships.

The big tie on the opening weekend sees reigning champions The Down take on St Loman's in a replay of last year's final.

Elsewhere in Section A of the Shay Murtagh Senior Football Championship, Killucan take on Tyrrellspass, while Caulry face Coralstown-Kinnegad.

In Section B of the SFC, Mullingar Shamrocks take on Tang, Athlone play Moate All Whites and Garrycastle take on Shandonagh.

The first round of matches is scheduled to be played on the weekend of June 25 if Westmeath fail to make it out of their group in the revamped All Ireland Senior Football Championship.