Preview: Allianz Football League Division Three
Allianz Football League Division Three
Saturday March 16
Longford v Sligo, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 2pm
It has been a tough spring campaign for Sligo, who have suffered five straight defeats ensuring they will play Division Four football in 2020.
Longford, who were without the Mullinlaghta St Columba's contingent at the outset of the competition, started well accumulating five points before suffering a couple of losses.
Padraic Davis will be intent on registering a home win to maintain their Division Three status which was the objective.
Louth v Westmeath, Gaelic Grounds, 2pm
An important game looms at the Gaelic Grounds between two teams, who believe that promotion can be attained.
Either side of defeats to Longford and Carlow, Wayne Kierans' Louth eked out three wins in a row which was hugely encouraging.
Westmeath, impressive in the Bord Na Mona O'Byrne Cup, have only lost once in the League and sit one point behind table toppers Down.
WESTMEATH: Eoin Carberry; Killian Daly, Ronan Wallace, Boidu Sayeh; Frank Boyle, Kevin Maguire, James Dolan; Sam Duncan, Denis Corroon; Ronan O'Toole, Luke Loughlin, Jamie Gonoud; Ger Egan, Kieran Martin, John Heslin.
Offaly v Laois, Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, 2pm
This is a critical match for John Maughan's Offaly, who will be in severe relegation difficulty if a win isn't recorded.
Laois will be aware that two victories from their remaining matches might be sufficient to earn a second successive promotion.
A couple of defeats, though, would have John Sugrue's team worrying which captures just how tight Division Three is once more this year.
Carlow v Down, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm
On the opening weekend Down suffered a loss against Laois, but they have won their four subsequent games storming to the top of the pile.
Paddy Tally has tried to blend youth with experience so Down will be content entering the last two rounds of fixtures.
Carlow worked so hard to achieve Division Three status so Turlough O'Brien's team will want to finish the campaign strongly.
Presently Carlow's destiny is in their own hands, but a home defeat would leave them in a dangerous position.