Roscommon And Longford Set For D-Day Drama

Roscommon and Longford are both in the promotion hunt ahead of the final weekend of action in the LIDL National League Division Three.

Roscommon travel to Offaly needing a win, while Longford host Wicklow in Glennon brothers Pearse Park.

Jackie Cahill Looks ahead to all the action in division three and four. All games throw-in at 2pm.

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Offaly v Roscommon, (B Redmond, Wexford)

The maths are stark for Offaly. The Faithful County simply have to win against promotion-chasing Roscommon to have any hope of avoiding the drop.

Even if they do claim the three points, Offaly will be relying on Meath to do them a favour against Down, who are second from bottom.

Roscommon will wrap up a semi-final spot with even a draw on their travels.

Down v Meath, Saval, (K McKeever, Armagh)

Even a defeat at home to Meath could see Down safe from relegation. The Mourne County are currently second from bottom, two points clear of basement team Offaly.

An Offaly win against Roscommon, and Down would need a point to assure themselves of Division 3 safety again next year.

If Down and Offaly finish level on points at the end of the group stages, Down will stay up on the head to head rule.

Longford v Wicklow, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, (M Kenny, Mayo)

A vital game in the quest for a top-four finish. Wicklow will be in the shake-up if they manage to get the win, but also reliant on scoring difference and results elsewhere going their way.

Wicklow start the day on nine points, two clear of hosts Longford. The Midlanders are in a similar boat, needing to win and then hoping that Sligo defeat Kildare.

Sligo v Kildare, Tubbercurry, (S McLoughlin, Donegal)

Another pivotal fixture in the race for a top-four finish. Sligo will be through if they can take care of visitors Kildare in Tubbercurry.

A win for Kildare, and defeat for Wicklow against Longford, would see both Sligo and Kildare advance. It’s a Division where there are lots of permutations at play – and Sunday’s Round 7 will decide all.

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Limerick v Leitrim, Askeaton, (J Devlin, Galway)

Leitrim cannot make the semi-finals but they could dent Limerick’s chances of getting there. The Shannonsiders will, however, look to make home advantage count and advance to the last four.

Limerick are third at the start of play on scoring difference, with Leitrim chasing a second straight win following a big victory over Kilkenny.

Fermanagh v Kilkenny, Kinawley, (D Callaghan, Donegal)   

Fermanagh’s scoring difference has them second in the Division 4 standings – and one of four counties locked together on 12 points.

The visit of Kilkenny to Kinawley presents Fermanagh with the chance to make sure mathematically of a semi-final slot. The Cats have nothing but pride to play for but are chasing their first point of the season.

Antrim v Carlow, Musgrave Park, (S Coyle, Donegal)   

A straight shoot-out for a semi-final slot at Musgrave Park.

Antrim will jump into the top four if they defeat Carlow, and leave the Barrowsiders sweating on their knockout fate, as they have an inferior scoring difference compared to the other three teams on 12 points.

A point for Carlow will be enough to see them home and this will be a nervy hour for both counties.

Louth v Derry, Clan na Gael, Dundalk, (D Carolan, Down)

Louth are top of the standings and with a healthy scoring difference, which should be good enough for a semi-final place.

They can make sure with a positive result against visiting Derry, who have collected just one win from their six outings to date.

Derry’s sole victory came against Kilkenny, but they did achieve a creditable draw with Antrim recently.