Monday 23 October 2017

Déise handed another giant-killing mission

Fraher Field, the site of their agonising one-point Munster SFC defeat to Cork, will once again be the venue as the Déise bid to take a big scalp while the Oak Leafers will be on a retrieval mission after falling tamely to Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final. Stock photo
Fraher Field, the site of their agonising one-point Munster SFC defeat to Cork, will once again be the venue as the Déise bid to take a big scalp while the Oak Leafers will be on a retrieval mission after falling tamely to Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final. Stock photo

Michael Verney

Waterford footballers will hope to make it second-time lucky as yesterday's All-Ireland SFC Qualifier draw threw them another chance to slay a former footballing giant, this time pitting them against Derry.

Fraher Field, the site of their agonising one-point Munster SFC defeat to Cork, will once again be the venue as the Déise bid to take a big scalp while the Oak Leafers will be on a retrieval mission after falling tamely to Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final.

After conceding 27 points to Meath on Sunday, Louth are given the chance to bounce back at home against Qualifier specialists Longford, while another Leinster derby sees Laois hoping to atone for their 14-point loss to Kildare when they meet Wicklow.

Sligo and Antrim is the remaining Round 1A tie, all to be played on Saturday, June 17, while an all-Ulster clash between Armagh and Fermanagh is one of the highlights of the Round 1B pairings. Interestingly, that game will take place on Sunday evening, June 25, while the losers of this weekend's remaining provincial quarter-finals, Westmeath/Offaly and Cavan/Monaghan, will also meet that night.

Carlow will look to follow up their impressive showing against All-Ireland champions Dublin last weekend, and avenge their Division 4 loss earlier this year, when they make the dangerous trip to Ruislip to play London earlier that day while Limerick face Wexford the previous evening.

Meanwhile, Sunday's Leinster SFC last-eight clash between midlands rivals Offaly against Westmeath will be a fitting opener for the newly-named Bord na Móna O'Connor Park after a ten-year partnership was confirmed which will see the Irish energy giant hold the naming rights on the Tullamore venue for ten years.

Qualifier draws

Saturday, June 17

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1A

Waterford v Derry, Fraher Field, 3.0

Louth v Longford, Gaelic Grounds, 5.0

Wicklow v Laois, Aughrim, 5.0

Sligo v Antrim, Markievicz Park, 5.0

Saturday, June 24

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1B

Limerick v Wexford, Gaelic Grounds, 3.0

Sunday, June 25

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 1B

Westmeath/Offaly v Cavan/Monaghan,

Mullingar/Tullamore, 6.30

Armagh v Fermanagh, Athletic Grounds, 6.30

London v Carlow, Ruislip, 1.0

June 24/25

All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Preliminary round

Carlow/Antrim v Laois, TBC

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