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The third qualifier to be played this Saturday between Kildare and Sligo is perhaps the lowest profile of the weekend’s fixtures and could well be a one sided affair. Sligo should fresh after their Connacht final loss to Mayo while Kildare have been poor all year and were run close by division four side Limerick last weekend.
The two week break for Sligo will have given them time to lift their spirits and lick their wounds. The Yeats men were two points up on Mayo at the half time mark of but their lack of composure at times told in the end and it was the tally of wides that separated the sides.
Kildare will have to seriously up the ante if they are to advance into the final eight of this year’s championship. They were only one point ahead of Limerick with two minutes of additional time and the Shannonsiders pushed the game to extra time.
The Lily Whites were victorious to the tune of seven points as fitness won out but at stages, the game could have gone either way.
If they are to make an impression on the match Emmet Bolton, who made the Gaelic football team of the weekend, and the experienced Johnnie Doyle will need to be on tune.
Sligo meanwhile are awaiting on a late fitness test for centre forward Pat Hughes.
These two teams had never met in the championship prior to the introduction of the qualifiers and since then Sligo have won both meetings between the sides.
Kildare can take some encouragement though as the last pairing of the sides in the 2011 Allianz Football League saw the Lilywhites win out by a single point.
Throw in is at 6.30pm on Saturday in Dr. Hyde Park.