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Cork call in back up for promotion battle

CORK v WEXFORD (Páirc Uí Rinn, Tomorrow, 2.0)

THE only matter left to be decided in this group is who gets promoted, and the only permutation worth noting is that should Cork win at home they go straight back up.

Which, on the League's opening night and their draw with 14-man Limerick, looked like a position they might struggle to be in, but that's where they find themselves now on the precipice of ascension to their rightful spot back amongst the sport's aristocracy.

No surprise then that reinforcements have been called for.

Anthony Nash comes back into goals for Darren McCarthy, Shane O'Neill returns to defence in place of Eoin Keane. Aidan Walsh, he of football fame, takes the left half-forward spot while Stephen Moylan is also selected in attack.

It's a fair, rounded selection and one that should, barring something unexpected from Wexford, see them home.

Liam Dunne's men should, however, have a palpable sense of having something to play for, given a win could – Limerick's result in Laois depending – put them up.

It's an outside chance but there's no other rebel in this division with a cause quite like Wexford so expect them to make it an uncomfortable, if ultimately fruitful, afternoon for Cork.

p ODDS: Cork 1/6, Draw 12/1, Wexford 9/2 p VERDICT: Cork


LAOIS v LIMERICK (Portlaoise, Tomorrow, 2.0)

HOW Limerick should be kicking themselves just now. Hard.

Their never-ending Division 1B nightmarish, torture-chamber hell could, had they not slipped on an unlikely banana skin last Sunday, have been ended with a simple win over Laois in Portlaoise tomorrow.

Somehow, they contrived to concede 1-1 in injury time and toss a point in Offaly's direction, meaning their fate is somehow in Wexford's hands. Had they done the necessary a week ago, a win would have put them level at the end of the League with Cork, with whom they had already drawn, and thus their hypothetically better scoring average would have ended their remarkable luckless streak as 1B's perennial second-best team.

Laois, meanwhile, have known of their own safety for some time now and should enjoy wiring into Limerick at home and then a League quarter-final against one of the sport's nobility.

p ODDS: Laois 11/2, Draw 14/1, Limerick 1/8 p VERDICT: Limerick


OFFALY v ANTRIM (Tullamore, Tomorrow, 2.0)

IT might actually be worth putting a few bob on Antrim for this, on the reasoning that surely it will be the phoniest war fought all spring.

Can you even imagine the mindsets of the respective managers and players going into this, knowing that the result means absolutely diddly-squat and that they have to do it again next Sunday in Belfast for the sanctity of their status in 1B?

With that in mind, they might just fancy giving Antrim a pasting here and carrying a bit of momentum with them to Casement.

p ODDS: Offaly 1/7, Draw 14/1, Antrim 5/1 p VERDICT: Offaly