Monday 18 December 2017

Roscommon and Armagh primed for Sunday qualifier showdown

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Roscommon's much-anticipated qualifier clash with Armagh will take place on Sunday week, as part of a bumper weekend of GAA action along with the Dublin-Wexford and Meath-Kildare Leinster SFC semi-finals, the rest of the football qualifiers, plus Phase I of the hurling qualifiers.

Peter Canavan's Fermanagh take on neighbours Cavan in Enniskillen on the same day, with the remaining six back-door games to be played on Saturday, starting with Antrim's tricky assignment in Ruislip to take on London.

Wicklow face Waterford that afternoon -- Ciaran Hyland is a doubt after picking up an ankle injury while in Poland attending Euro 2012.

Both Wexford and Westmeath have injury worries ahead of their hurling qualifier in Wexford Park on Saturday.

The Model look likely to be without corner-forward Paul Morris after he picked up a shoulder injury on club football duty.

"It will be an opportunity for another young player to step in and push for his place," said manager Liam Dunne. "There will be changes."

Westmeath defender Conor Jordan is also a major doubt after picking up a thumb injury.

All-Ireland SFC

Qualifiers Round 1

Saturday June 30

(7.0 unless stated)

London v Antrim, Ruislip, 1.0.

Wicklow v Waterford, Aughrim, 2.30.

Westmeath v Louth, Mullingar.

Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium.

Laois v Carlow, Portlaoise.

Longford v Derry, Pearse Park.

Sunday July 1

(2.30 unless stated)

Roscommon v Armagh, Dr Hyde Pk.

Fermanagh v Cavan, Brewster Park.

Irish Independent

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