Preview: Allianz Football League Division Two
Allianz Football League Division Two
Sunday March 24
Armagh v Cork, Athletic Grounds, 2pm
Armagh's Division Two status was preserved with a hard earned win over Fermanagh last weekend.
Cork, though, know that only a victory and a favourable result - a Tipperary win or a draw in Thurles - can save them.
It has been a worrying spell for Cork, who were floored by a forceful Donegal rally on Saturday.
That home defeat means Cork must improved significantly against an Armagh team that has only lost twice in six games.
Indeed Armagh are somewhat disappointed not to be in the promotion mix feeling that they should have won the games they drew against Kildare and Clare.
Donegal v Kildare, Ballyshannon, 2pm
Donegal and Kildare are both heavily involved in the promotion race so this should be a lively encounter.
Obviously Meath and Fermanagh's collision in Navan matters deeply, but Declan Bonner and Cian O'Neill both feel that their respective teams can reclaim Division One status.
The Lilywhites, who survived a late Tipperary revival mission in Newbridge, will go up if they win and Meath beat Fermanagh in Navan.
Jamie Brennan's opportunism was a key feature when Donegal outwitted Cork so Kildare will be hoping to restrict his influence.
"Although we are not playing the way we would like to and we are struggling for consistency in terms of who we put out on the pitch, but more importantly, in how we are playing, we are looking forward to going up to Donegal and hitting our new target of nine points in the League table and seeing if that is enough," O'Neill remarked following the Tipperary game.
On Sunday Donegal and Kildare will find out if victory is sufficient.
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; David Hyland, Mick O'Grady, Mark Hyland; Cian O'Donoghue, Eoin Doyle, Peter Kelly; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paddy Brophy, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Chris Healy, Jimmy Hyland.
Meath v Fermanagh, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm
How Meath have carved out wins throughout the League is a source of encouragement for Andy McEntee.
The Royals are on the verge of claiming a long awaited return to Division One.
On St Patrick's Day, Meath, with Cillian O'Sullivan impressing, secured a fifth victory in six matches when defeating Clare at Cusack Park.
It ensures Meath are on the verge of earning promotion, but Fermanagh will want to respond themselves following a loss to Armagh.
Rory Gallagher's team can still claim a spot in Division One in 2020 so it should be an interesting afternoon in Navan.
Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, 2pm
With two Munster counties guaranteed to exit Division Two Tipperary and Clare will both be hoping to stay in the second tier.
Considering the significant strides taken by both Tipperary and Clare in recent years relegation would represent a real blow.
Tipperary can point to mitigating circumstances with the injuries of key players an issue this spring.
Having progressed from Division Four under Colm Collins' shrewd guidance Clare will not want to drop back down into Division Three so the stakes are piled high in Thurles.
TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, John Meagher, Emmett Moloney; Kevin Fahey, Daire Brennan, Jimmy Feehan; Steven O'Brien, Liam Casey; Jack Kennedy, Liam McGrath, Brian Fox; Philip Austin, Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan.