National Football League Division Four North and South- Round Three Preview
By Darren Brennan
As the Allianz Football League Round Robin games come to an end this weekend, there are semi final places up grabs. In Division 4 North, Antrim who are already guaranteed a place in the semi-final after their one point win over Sligo last weekend face Leitrim and there is a winner take all clash between Louth and Sligo with the winner guaranteeing a spot in the semi final. In Division 4 South, Carlow face Wexford and this group is a little bit more complicated which I will go through in due course
Southern Section Round 3
Carlow v Wexford
Throw-in: Saturday 29th May 17:00
Venue: Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow
Referee: Fergal Smyth
Watch On: GAAGO
Carlow host Wexford in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 South and it’s a must win game for Wexford. Carlow beat Waterford first day out by 15 points while Wexford lost out to Waterford last weekend by a single point. A Carlow win or a draw will see both Carlow and Waterford qualify for the semi final but a Wexford win will see it come down to score difference which would see Waterford miss out.
Moving on to the match itself Carlow will be hot favourite’s after their big win away at Waterford and will be looking at Darragh Foley and Paul Broderick to get their scores. While at the back Mark Furey and John Murphy to anchor the ship. Wexford will need Mark Rossiter and Ben Brosnan to be on their “A” game to have any chance of winning
Antrim v Leitrim
Throw-in: Sunday 30th May @15:00
Venue: Corrigan Park, Belfast
Referee: Kevin Faloon
Watch On: GAAGO
Antrim host Leitrim in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 North in Belfast. Antrim have already qualified for the semi final but will be hoping to keep their 100% record intact and keep momentum going ahead of the knockout rounds. Leitrim have lost both their games to Sligo and Louth and have nothing to play for as they cant reach the semi final spots and obviously there is no relegation from the bottom tier.
Antrim scored a dramatic late winner last weekend against Sligo and will be fancied to pick up another two points here. Veteran Paddy Cunningham came off the bench to score that winner and will be looking to play from the start on Sunday. Odhran Eastwood was in top form last weekend and will want to keep that going heading into the semi final. Leitrim will need to have Plunkett and Keegan who scored 9 points between them last weekend at their best to have any chance here. Antrim should have too much however.
Louth v Sligo
Throw-in: Sunday 30th May @ 15:00
Venue: Geraldines GFC, Dundalk
Referee: Sean Laverty
Watch On: GAAGO
Louth and Sligo do battle in a winners takes all clash in round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 North in Dundalk. Whoever wins this tie will qualify for the semi final after both teams lost to Antrim and beat Leitrim. However, a draw for Louth will do due to their better scoring difference.
Sligo were unlucky to lose out to a late Antrim winner last weekend after scoring 3-12 which would usually win you most games at this level but will need to tighten up after conceding 3-13. Louth had a fantastic result last weekend and were unlucky to lose to Antrim on the opening weekend. They’re defensively solid like any Mickey Harte team and when you have Sam Mulroy up front you always have a chance. I Think Mickey Harte’s side will come out on top here