Fermanagh travel to Carlow looking to build on big win over Wicklow

Their hosts fought back to earn a draw with Laois in their opener

Kieran Donnelly
Fermanagh manager Kieran Donnelly expects a physical challenge in Carlow. Picture: Philip Walsh

Tailteann Cup Group 3, round two

Carlow v Fermanagh (Saturday, Netwatch Cullen Park, 3pm)

REPEATING the level of performance they reached in the second half of their opening win over Wicklow will be the target for Kieran Donnelly’s men today.

Three goals pushed them to an impressive 3-16 to 0-9 win but Donnelly expects that a physically powerful Carlow, who opened with a draw against Laois, will ask a lot more questions of his side.

“Our main goal will be repeating the level of display that we gave in the second half against Wicklow, and it will all be needed,’’ he says.

“Carlow are a physical team and are quite similar to Wicklow. But they also have a lot of direct runners and a lot of aggressive ball carriers.

“Aaron Almond is a very powerful player, and they also have Conor Crowley and Conor Foley who are really serious operators as well.”

Donnelly is also impressed by the fact that Carlow came from six points down to snatch that draw with their Leinster neighbours.

“That shows quite a bit of character. We watched that match and are well aware of the threat they will pose.

“And Eire Óg has always been a major club and they will have no inferiority complex.”

Odds H: 5/1 D: 12/1 A: 1/7

Verdict Fermanagh