Preview: Allianz Football League Division Two
Allianz Football League Division Two
Saturday March 16
Clare v Meath, Cusack Park, 1.30pm
Clare and Meath both need to put points into the account so this should be a lively affair in Ennis.
With four victories from five games Andy McEntee's Meath are in a healthy position ahead of the remaining two fixtures.
The Banner, though, want to avoid the drop ensuring Colm Collins will have his panel primed for this tussle.
Despite only accumulating three points Clare will feel that Division Two status can be retained, but an efficient display will be required.
Meath, brimful of confidence and momentum following the Kildare triumph, are striving to return to the top tier.
Cork v Donegal, Pairc Ui Rinn, 2pm
With Luke Connolly supplying the scores and inspiration Cork finally recorded a win when beating Tipperary.
It was enough to supply some hope for Ronan McCarthy's charges, who want to remain in Division Two.
This assignment, though, against Donegal, who have Michael Murphy back in action will certainly be demanding.
Defeats to Tipperary and Fermanagh damaged Donegal's promotion prospects, but a victory down by the banks of the Lee would leave them in the hunt.
CORK: Micheal Aodh Martin; Sam Ryan, Kevin Flahive, Conor Dennehy; Kevin Crowley, Thomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O'Hanlon; Eoghan McSweeney, Luke Connolly, Ruairi Deane; Michael Hurley, Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan.
Kildare v Tipperary, St Conleth's Park, 2.30pm
The concession of a last gasp goal against Meath was a significant blow to Kildare.
Cian O'Neill will hope the Lilywhites can summon a response when Tipperary, gunning to avoid relegation themselves, visit Newbridge.
Considering the depature of some influential figures Kildare have enjoyed some reasonable moments in the campaign thus far, but will be ultimately disappointed not to have secured more points.
Injuries have impacted Tipperary, but Liam Kearns' will know all about the long term value of staying in this company.
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.
TIPPERARY: Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, John Meagher, Emmett Moloney; Kevin Fahey, Daire Brennan, Jimmy Feehan; Steven O'Brien, Liam Casey; Dan O'Meara, Liam McGrath, Brian Fox; Philip Austin, Conor Sweeney, Jack Kennedy.
Armagh v Fermanagh, Crossmaglen, 3pm
Fermanagh, the only unbeaten team in Division Two, will be anxious to maintain that run against Armagh.
Rory Gallagher's hard working panel have won three and drawn two of their five matches to stay in the promotion race.
Armagh's loss to Donegal was costly, but Kieran McGeeney's are slightly unfortunate not to have collected more than four points.
There has been plenty to admire about Armagh's attacking play, but some lapses in concentration have proven costly.