Thursday 14 November 2019

Qualifier draw revives old rivalries and creates new foes

Kieran McGeeney
Kieran McGeeney

Kieran McGeeney's Kildare will have to bounce back from their Dublin drubbing with a tricky clash with Louth in the qualifiers while back-door favourites Tyrone have drawn Roscommon.

This morning's Round Two qualifier draw has thrown up some very interesting contests which will take place over the next two weekends.

Kildare will have home advantage when they face Louth, the team that shocked them in the 2010 Leinster Championship.

The Lilywhites traditional struggle against the Wee County and the All-Ireland winning captain faces a huge task in rallying his troops for that game.

Tyrone obliterated Offaly on Saturday and they will travel to Dr Hyde Park with their tails up to face Roscommon who must recover from their heavy Connacht semi-final defeat to Mayo.

Galway stuttered over Tipperary on Saturday evening but will have home advantage as they face Munster opposition once more in the form of Niall Carew's Waterford.

The other Munster semi-final losers, Clare, will host Justin McNulty's Laois this weekend.

There will also be a repeat of Ulster quarter-finals when Cavan and Fermanagh face-off again and Derry have another chance to topple Down.

Fermanagh were unable to capitalise on home advantage against Cavan last month and now must travel to Breffni Park looking to build on their fine win over Westmeath at the weekend.

Derry will again host Down this weekend at Celtic Park. The Oak Leaf county were ahead at half-time in their last encounter and impressing before Down launched a stirring comeback to win.

The remaining fixtures see Longford host Wexford in an all-Leinster affair and Leitrim will be hoping that they don't suffer the same fate as hapless Wicklow when they take on Armagh in Carrick-On-Shannon.

The draw is as follows (first team has home advantage):


 To be played on July 6/7


 Clare v Laois

 Derry v Down

 Leitrim v Armagh

 Roscommon v Tyrone

 Galway v Waterford


 To be played on July 13/14


 Longford v Wexford

 Cavan v Fermanagh

 Kildare v Louth


 Full fixture details will be confirmed in due course

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