National Football League Division 3 preview

Updated: March 9, 2012

Preview of the action in Division three of the National Football League

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Unbeaten table toppers Longford and Antrim put their records on the line when they travel to face Sligo and Roscommon respectively.

Longford have impressed in wins over Offaly, Cavan and Roscommon to date, rattling up 2-41. However the large win over Offaly aside, the win’s over Cavan and Roscommon has been achieved by an overall margin of five points.

They face a Sligo side that has already lost two games, both of which have been on the road and by narrow margins. Their sole this season was in front on their own support, a 4-14 to 1-17 win over Wexford.

Antrim meanwhile face a tough task away to Roscommon that have beaten Offaly and Tipperary already this season.

Roscommon Manager Des Newton will be hoping that the comforts of home will help his side after hailing his team’s performances to dates.

Speaking in the Roscommon Herald Newton said “The fact that we’re at home should help us a little, but our performance levels haven’t fallen off too much,”

“I’m happy enough with the team’s attitude and I can’t ask anymore from them in training and they way they’re conducting and looking after their lifestyles. So that’s all really good and it bodes well for the future.”

Wexford’s attack minded approach has already seen them score 6-46 however they have they been equally loose at the back conceding 6-35 and they be searching for their third win of the season when they face Offaly in Tullamore.

The final game in the division on Sunday sees Tipperary and Cavan clash in and Premier manager John Evans is hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s big defeat to Wexford saying “That is not one of the lowest; that is the lowest and there is no doubt about it. We can’t go any lower”

“I’m still proud of this team and what they have done over the last three or four years.

“I said at the start of the year that we have the most talented team this year, but it’s not happening. We have trained harder and harder but it just is not happening on the field for us.”

Cavan meanwhile will head into the clash with the future of Seanie Johnston still very much in the headlines. Cavan grabbed their first win of the season in last weekend’s 3 point win over Sligo however the news that the CCCC have blocked Johnston’s move to Kildare will once again take the focus off the team.

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