Thursday 17 October 2019

Fermanagh win in Armagh should seal promotion


Armagh will be without Stephen Sheridan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Armagh will be without Stephen Sheridan. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A Fermanagh win against Armagh in Crossmaglen tomorrow would virtually guarantee them promotion to Division 1 of the Allianz football league.

If Meath oblige in Clare some 90 minutes earlier the last shred of uncertainty around Fermanagh's top-flight status in 2020 will have been removed.

Wins for Fermanagh and Meath would put both counties on 10 points ahead of their final-round game.

Even if Erne men lost that game in Navan they'd be promoted as Donegal, in the event that they win their remaining games against Cork and Kildare, can only finish level with Fermanagh on 10 points.

Fermanagh's win over Donegal in Letterkenny would then apply on the 'head-to-head'.

But even if Meath didn't win in Ennis tomorrow and beat Fermanagh in the last round, leaving the three counties (assuming Donegal win their remaining games) on 10 points, it would take quite a loss for Fermanagh's current 10-point scoring advantage over Donegal to be overturned.

Armagh will be without Stephen Sheridan and James Morgan who have been hit with suspensions from their last game against Donegal.

Sheridan was banned for two matches for his stamp on Eoghan Bán Gallagher while Morgan failed to have his red card rescinded.

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A win for the Royals will not be sufficient for promotion unless Donegal lose in Cork. In that scenario, Meath and Fermanagh would be promoted with wins before the last round.

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