All-Ireland SFC Round 2 qualifier previews

Updated: Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 16:52 | Comments

Leitrim will hope to get past Armagh after losing narrowly to London
Leitrim will hope to get past Armagh after losing narrowly to London



Longford v Wexford, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 7pm

Longford lost to Wicklow in Augrim in the first round of the Leinster Championship.

Glenn Ryan’s men got back on track with a comprehensive win over Division 4 champions Limerick, 2-14 to 0-09.

Wexford beat Louth away before falling to a second-half surge by Meath in the semi-final.

The Slaneysiders had targeted a Leinster final and will have to overcome the disappointment of the loss to Meath. If their forwards can find their range, they should progress. 

Verdict: Wexford

Longford: Damien Sheridan, Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Declan Reilly, Barry O'Farrell, Pádraig Mc Cormack, Shane Mulligan, John Keegan, Michael Brady, Bernard Mc Elvaney, Paul Barden, Peter Foy, Francis Mc Gee, Sean Mc Cormack, JJ Matthews

Wexford: Anthony Masterson, Michael Furlong, Graeme Molloy, Robert Tierney, Brian Malone, David Murphy, Adrian Flynn, Daithi Waters, Rory Quinlivan, James Holmes, Ben Brosnan, Aindreas Doyle, Ciaran Lyng, Redmond Barry, PJ Banville.

Leitrim v Armagh, Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, 5pm

Leitrim coasted past New York at the start of May but couldn’t quite manage to reel in London after a second-half comeback in Dr Hyde Park in the replayed semi-final.

Armagh were outplayed by Cavan in the preliminary round in Ulster but savaged Wicklow in the first qualifier round, 2-21 to 0-02.

The Connacht side look to be without main man Emlyn Mulligan and their task looks impossible. 

Verdict: Armagh

Leitrim: Cathal McCrann, Fabian McMorrow, Ciaran Egan, Sean McWeeney, Danny Beck, Gary Reynolds, Barry Prior, Darren Sweeney, Brendan Brennnan, Paddy McGowan, James Glancy, Paul Brennan, Adrian Croal, Robbie Lowe, Kevin Conlon.

Armagh: Philip McEvoy, Paul McKeown, Brendan Donaghy, James Morgan, Aaron Kernan, Ciaran McKeever, Mark Shields, James Lavery, Stephen Harold, Caolan Rafferty, Kevin Dyas, Ethan Rafferty, Jamie Clarke, Tony Kernan, Eugene McVerry.

Cavan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, 7pm

The Breffni County impressed in Ulster, beating Armagh and Fermanagh before losing narrowly in the semi-final to Monaghan, 1-10 to 0-12.

After the 0-13 to 0-11 defeat to Cavan, the Erne County pulled off a surprise win against Westmeath in Mullingar, 3-10 to 1-15.

Cavan were unlucky not to at least get a draw against Monaghan and home advantage should swing this one.

Verdict: Cavan

Cavan: Conor Gilsenan, Jason McLoughlin, Rory Dunne, Killian Clarke, James McEnroe, Alan Clarke (capt), Ronan Flanagan, Damien O'Reilly, David Givney, Cian Mackey, Jack Brady, Feargal Flanagan, Niall McDermott , Martin Dunne, Eugene Keating

Fermanagh: To follow...

Kildare v Louth, Newbridge, 7pm

Kildare were comfortable winners over Offaly in the quarter-final, 0-19 to 1-12, with the Faithful County’s goal coming from a late penalty. After a bright start against Dublin they disappeared, shipping 4-16 to the Leinster champions.

Louth recorded an impressive first-round away win over Laois before losing to Wexford in Drogheda. They saw off Antrim’s challenge in the first qualifier, winning 1-17 to 1-11, again with home advantage.

Kieran McGeeney’s men should have enough quality to progress but even a couple of qualifier wins won’t make it a satisfactory season.

Verdict: Kildare

Kildare: Shane Connolly, David Hyland, Michael Foley, Hugh McGrillen, Eamonn Callaghan, Peter Kelly, Emmet Bolton, Daryl Flynn, Padraig O'Neill, Paul Cribbin, Niall Kelly, Eoghan O'Flaherty, John Doyle, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy

Louth: S McCoy, P Rath, D Finnegan, J Bingham, J O'Brien, D Crilly, R Finnegan, P Keenan, B White, C Byrne, C Rafferty, A Reid, D Maguire, S Lennon, C Judge.

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