Preview: Weekend's Allianz Football League Division Two action
Allianz Football League Division Two
Saturday October 24
Kildare v Westmeath, St Conleth's Park, 2pm
Cavan v Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm
Clare v Armagh, Cusack Park, 2pm
Fermanagh v Laois, Brewster Park, 2pm
Enda Smith's smartly taken penalties in the Athletic Grounds ensure Roscommon are on the verge of securing a return to Division One.
Anthony Cunningham's outfit enjoyed an encouraging return to action, winning away to Armagh, and now a trip to Kingspan Breffni is on the agenda.
Though Gearoid McKieran was prominent for Cavan, Mickey Graham's team still lost to a pumped up Kildare at St Conleth's Park.
Cavan, though, want to avoid relegation so they will be anxious to record a victory on home turf.
Kilare and Westmeath collide in Newbridge with Jimmy Hyland and debutant Darragh Kirwan impressing against Cavan.
John Heslin remains a key figure for Jack Cooney's Westmeath, who are getting ready to meet Dublin in the Leinster Senior Football Championship.
While Fermanagh, despite a gutsy display in Ennis, are already relegated, Ryan McMenamin's charges face Laois.
Mike Quirke's team know that a victory is required to avoid returning to Division Three.
Armagh will still believe that top flight status can be attained, but Clare carry a threat.
Bolstered by the availability of Jamie Malone, Gary Brennan, and Podge Collins, Clare did enough to overcome Fermanagh.
Next on the agenda, though, is this demanding fixture against Armagh, and Clare know that a home win at Cusack Park would preserve their place in Division Two.
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CLARE (v Armagh): Stephen Ryan; Gordon Kelly, Cillian Brennan, Eoghan Collins; Pearse Lillis, Aaron Fitzgerald, Alan Sweeney; Cathal O'Connor, Ciaran Russell; Emmet McMahon, Eoin Cleary, Jamie Malone; Keelan Sexton, Joe McGann, Cian O'Dea.
KILDARE (v Westmeath): Mark Donnellan; Shea Ryan, Mick O'Grady, Eoin Doyle; David Hyland, Con Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Aaron Masterson; Paul Cribbin, Paddy Brophy, Liam Power; Ben McCormack, Darragh Kirwan, Jimmy Hyland.
WESTMEATH (v Kildare): Jason Daly; Jack Smith, Ronan Wallace, Boidu Sayeh; Jamie Gonoud, Kevin Maguire, James Dolan; Ray Connellan, Sam Duncan; Luke Loughlin, Ronan O’Toole, Paddy Holloway; Lorcan Dolan, John Heslin, Kieran Martin.
LAOIS (v Fermanagh): Niall Corbet; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Robert Pigott; Alan Farrell, Colm Begley, Eoin Buggie; Kieran Lillis, John O'Loughlin; Gareth Dillon, Mark Barry, Brian Byrne; Diarmuid Whelan, Evan O'Carroll, Gary Walsh.