Derry v Longford
Longford have yet to register a point but have performed well in all 4 games so far. It is unlikely they will retain their division 2 status, they need to win this weekend to have any chance, but their time in the division should serve them well this Summer.
Derry are one of three teams on five points in a tight promotion race. Every point will be vital in the battle for promotion. Derry should be able to add another two to their tally this weekend.
Armagh v Louth
This may be a Leinster versus Ulster encounter but this is very much a local derby. After a slow start, granted they were without their Crossmaglen players, Armagh have started to come into form. A win for the Orchard county would almost guarantee that they will not be relegated and at the same time it would keep them involved in the promotion race.
Louth have three points and are battling against relegation but they have performed well in their games to date, notably beating Galway and drawing with Laois. They lost at home last weekend in a performance that captain Paddy Keenan called “atrocious”. They will be hoping to get back to earlier form when they travel to Armagh.
There is a lot of familiarity in this clash with former Armagh player Aiden O Rourke managing Louth who will hope his knowledge of his home county may help his adopted county this weekend.
This promises to be a tight affair on Saturday night.
Laois v Galway
Both of these sides were favoured to get promoted this season but that is highly unlikely at this stage. Laois are more likely to go out of the division in the form of relegation that promotion as they sit on three points and have been disappointing to date. Manager Justin Mc Nulty took full responsibility for their slump when asked about his team’s form this week. They need to start performing soon or this league campaign could be a disastrous one.
Galway have been a mixed bag in the league this year. They sit on five points and are in the shake up for promotion. They were very poor when losing to Louth but drawing at home to Westmeath and beating Longford does not prove that the Tribesmen have turned the corner yet.
Both teams have high ambitions for the Summer but will need to perform better if they are to make an impact in their respective championships.
Wexford v Westmeath
This game takes place on Monday in Wexford Park. Westmeath are one of three unbeaten team in the entire league and with a win against Wexford they may be within touching distance of promotion, depending on results elsewhere.
Wexford are also in the promotion race, sitting on five points. After being well beaten at home to Derry they got their campaign back on track with a win in Louth last weekend.
This should be another tight game in this all Leinster clash which may see a share of the spoils.