Ronan McCarthy's Cork impressed in the early rounds of the Allianz Football League.
Ronan McCarthy's Cork impressed in the early rounds of the Allianz Football League.

Preview: Weekend's Allianz Football League Division Three action

Allianz Football League Division Three

Saturday October 17

Down v Leitrim, Pairc Esler, 4pm, GAAGO

Cork v Louth, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 4pm, GAAGO

Derry v Longford, Celtic Park, 4.30pm, GAAGO

Sunday October 18

Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium, 2pm, GAAGO

With a Munster Championship meeting against Kerry edging closer, Cork will be striving to recapture the dash demonstrated early in the year.

Ronan McCarthy's outfit chalked up a five match winning run and another win would secure a much coveted return to Division Two.

Considering the underage triumphs in recent years, Cork are beginning to feel good about themselves once more, but Louth want to arrest a losing sequence of their own.

Leitrim fought hard to attain Division Three status, but they need points from the remaining two fixtures.

Down manager Paddy Tally.
Down manager Paddy Tally.

Down, though, are heavily involved in the promotion race so Paddy Tally's charges will be striving to earn the spoils also.

Tipperary and Offaly's tussle has implications too in Thurles with both counties intent on maintaining their place in this competitive pool.

Before lockdown Tipp and Offaly showed glimpses of their potential so this will be a match worth monitoring.

Longford, with Padraic Davis at the helm and John Donnellan supplying plenty of coaching expertise, head north for a game against Derry.

The midlanders' remain a defiant team, impressively collecting seven points, but this fixture with Derry should be revealing.

CORK (v Louth): Micheal Martin; Kevin Flahive, Maurice Shanley, Paul Ring; Kevin O'Donovan, Mattie Taylor, Cian Kiely; Ian Maguire, Paul Walsh; Ruairi Deane, Killian O'Hanlon, Kevin O'Driscoll; Damien Gore, Colm O'Callaghan, Paul Kerrigan.

TIPPERARY (v Offaly): Evan Comerford; Alan Campbell, Jimmy Feehan, Colm O'Shaughnessy; Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey, Robbie Kiely; Steven O'Brien, Liam Casey; Jack Kennedy, Michael Quinlivan, Philip Austin; Kevin O'Halloran, Conor Sweeney, Riain Quigley.

OFFALY (v Tipperary): Paddy Dunican; Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby; Eoin Carroll, John Moloney, Cian Donohoe; Aaron Leavy, Jordan Hayes; Shane Horan, Ruairi McNamee, Cathal Mangan; Cian Farrell, Peter Cunningham, Bernard Allen.