So, with the Round 1A qualifier ties now all played our prospective Round 2A rivals have been narrowed down to a field of four. On Monday morning we’ll be paired against one of Derry, Laois, Longford or Sligo.
We’ve championship experience against all of them relatively recently, including two unhappy meetings in the qualifiers. Our sole championship meetings with both Derry and Longford came while taking the scenic route and, from our perspective, both of these ended in tears.
Derry dumped us out of the championship in Round 2 up at Celtic Park back in 2007 on a dismal day when Ciaran McDonald made his final ever championship appearance for us, as final sub when the match was already lost. Lest we forget, Longford delivered the coup de grâce to the Johnno II era by beating us in the opening round of the qualifiers at Pearse Park in 2010.
Our most recent encounters with the other two have been happier ones. We got past Laois at the second attempt at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage of the 2006 championship, while only last month we beat Sligo in the opening round of this year’s Connacht championship.
So, one of the four it’ll be: which one would you like to see us paired with on Monday in Round 2A?
Who would you like us to draw on Monday?
- Longford (34%, 207 Votes)
- Sligo (27%, 165 Votes)
- Laois (22%, 133 Votes)
- Derry (17%, 103 Votes)
Total Voters: 608