Saturday 10 December 2016

Fermanagh 'underdogs' tag suits us - Corrigan

Jackie Cahill and Barry Lennon

Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30

Tomás Corrigan acknowledged that playing the Round 2B qualifier away will prove a difficult ask. Picture credit: Eoin Noonan / SPORTSFILE
Tomás Corrigan acknowledged that playing the Round 2B qualifier away will prove a difficult ask. Picture credit: Eoin Noonan / SPORTSFILE

Tomás Corrigan has vowed that Fermanagh will thrive on being "the underdogs" ahead of their All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Mayo in MacHale Park on Saturday week.

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The Ulster side will attempt to reach Croke Park again after making last year's All-Ireland quarter-finals, in which they lost to Dublin. However, Fermanagh face a Mayo side that is still hurting from their surprise Connacht semi-final loss to Galway.

Corrigan acknowledged that playing the Round 2B qualifier away - as confirmed yesterday by the Central Compeitions Control Committee (CCCC) - will prove a difficult ask. "We're going into the match and nobody will give us any hope but that's the way Fermanagh like it, that's what we're used to," he said.

"We're not comfortable with the favourites tag, we haven't gone into many matches as favourites. We like the underdogs tag and we'll give it a fair rattle in Castlebar."

There are four other qualifiers down for that Saturday. Donegal or Monaghan will play Longford at home, while Carlow will have to travel to take on the losers of this Sunday's Ulster SFC replay between Cavan and Tyrone.

Derry will host Meath in Owenbeg, but Cork and Limerick are in the dark about the venue for their 2B meeting to be held on the same day. The counties have a home-and-away agreement but the CCCC is likely to make it a hurling and football double-header in the same grounds if both counties prevail in their hurling qualifiers this Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kildare will host Offaly in Newbridge in their 2B qualifier on either Saturday or Sunday week. Clare will play their 2A qualifier in Ennis, but must first await the outcome of Saturday's re-fixture between Laois and Armagh before the date of the tie is confirmed.

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