Allianz NFL Division 4 North and South - Round Two Preview
By Darren Brennan
After an entertaining weekend last weekend in Division 4 of the football with Antrim, Sligo and Carlow getting wins. In The Northern Section Antrim got a shock win over Louth in round one and Sligo defeated neighbours Leitrim and in the Southern Section Carlow got a big win over Waterford. I’m going to be looking ahead to this weekend's games.
Southern Section Round 2
Wexford v Waterford
Throw-in: Saturday 23rd May @ 15:00
Venue: Chadwicks Wexford Park
Referee: John Hickey
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Wexford and Waterford do battle in Round 2 of the NFL Division 4 South on Saturday 23rd May in Chadwicks Wexford Park. This is Wexford first game of the campaign as London did not participate due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is also a must win game for Waterford due their heavy defeat to Carlow last weekend. So a win for Wexford guarantee both themselves and Carlow’s passage through to the semi-final.
Waterford were completely outclassed last weekend only scoring 10 points but when both these sides met in last year's league Wexford edged them by a point 2-3 0-8. The last time both teams met in the championship was in 2018 which Waterford won by 2 points in their first championship win since 2011.
Wexford Shane Roche will be relying on long serving forward Ben Brosnan to pull the strings and get scores while hoping for Gavin Sheehan and Eoin Porter to keep things tight defensively. Even though Wexford are coming in cold the slaneysiders should have too much in this encounter.
Northern Section Round 2
Antrim v Sligo
Throw-In: Sunday 24th May @ 16:00
Venue: Corrigan Park, Belfast
Referee: Conor Dourneen
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Antrim and Sligo go head-to-head in round 2 of the NFL Div 4 North in the battle of the round one winners. Antrim had a dramatic win over Mickey Harte’s Louth with a flurry of late points sealed the victory. Sligo came from a point down at half-time to beat Leitrim by seven points. A win for either side will all but guarantee a semi-final spot.
Sligo impressed last weekend especially in the second half with Sean Carrabine, Niall Murphy and Cian Lally combined for 2-11 between them. If they can repeat that performance against Antrim they’ll be in with a big chance of winning this. Defensively they might need to tighten up as they conceded 0-18 with 13 coming from play
Antrim had a dramatic late victory over Louth last weekend with points from Paddy Cunningham, Eunan Walsh and an injury time winner from Ryan Murray sealed the win, Louth looked the better side for most of the game but were very wasteful in front of the goal. Wing back Dermot McAleese struck a brilliant goal before the first water break. They conceded 3 goals though and if Louth were more clinical Antrim would have been beaten so they really need to tighten up. If Sligo bring the same type of performance here as they did last week they should come out on top
Leitrim v Louth
Throw-in: Sunday 23rd May @ 15:00
Venue: Avant Money Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Leitrim
Referee: Patrick Maguire
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Leitrim host Louth in a must win game for both sides in round 2 of the NFL Division 4 North in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Sunday. Both sides lost their opening which means another loss would mathematically see them miss out on a semi final spot.
Both sides played pretty well in their opening round defeats with Louth being the better side for most of their game against Antrim but were very wasteful. They scored 3 goals with Sean Mulroy scoring 2 of them and when you have a player of that calibre in your side you always have a chance. They were two points to the good with five minutes to play they need to start holding onto leads if they want to win games.
Leitrim’s game with Sligo was in the melting pot with ten minutes to go until Sligo got theIr first goal but overall they will be happy with their performance and will take a lot of positives coming into this weekend. With Mayo being their most likely championship opponents they need to get a victory here and stay on course for promotion. If Louth are more clinical I expect them to just get over the line.