There are two games down for decision this Saturday in the quarter finals of the Lori Meagher Cup with South Down taking on Longford and Fermanagh facing Warwickshire.
The opening game sees Fermanagh playing Warwickshire at Brewster Park with a 1pm throw in. Fermanagh come into the game with a mixed bag of form. They received a walkover in the first round when Cavan failed to appear.
Then they were comprehensively beaten by Donegal by a score line of 3-18 to 2-08. They will need to have their form players like R Bogue and D McGarry on top of their games if they have any chance of progressing to the semi-finals
Warwickshire like Fermanagh were readily outpointed by Donegal in the first round when they were defeated 3-16 to 1-13.They managed to get their campaign back on track in the next round where they were ultra-impressive when they defeated a good Leitrim team 4-11 to 2-11.S O’Hanlon and J Bergin were the pick of the Warwickshire team that day and will be crucial if Warwickshire are to edge pass Fermanagh and advance to the semi-finals
This should be a very tight affair with both teams sure to be up for the battle. Warwickshire are coming into the encounter in slightly better form and have the momentum to get pass what will be a determined Fermanagh side.
Verdict: A good result in their last game should give Warwickshire the confidence and momentum they need to progress. Warwickshire to win.
South Down V Longford KO 2.30pm
The other quarter final of the day sees South Down pitted against Longford. Like the other quarter final both teams have experienced an up and down campaign and will be primed for battle this Saturday.
South Down could not have been more impressive with the facile dismissal of Leitrim in the first round by a score line of 4-25 to -08. In their next game they came up just short against a good Tyrone 2-14 to 1-09.
Despite losing to Tyrone South Down has been one of the more impressive teams in the competition. They have been a free flowing team who have scored plenty of goals along their way to the quarter finals.
Longford meanwhile opened their campaign with a 4-17 to 2-12 defeat at the hands of Tyrone. They haven’t been helped this season with the loss of a number of key players in their panel and this showed against Tyrone who brushed them aside easily.
The defeat and the loss of key players could well be the deciding factor in the game on Saturday. Down were impressive in their opening game and a reproduction of that effort should be enough to see them home.
Verdict: Down for the win.