Down to host Longford in Saturday night Tailteann Cup tie

Longford will travel to Newry on Saturday night for a Tailteann Cup preliminary quarter-final against Down
Longford will travel to Newry on Saturday night for a Tailteann Cup preliminary quarter-final against Down

Down will face Longford at 7pm on Saturday night at Páirc Esler after the GAA finalised the details for this weekend's preliminary quarter-finals of the Tailteann Cup on Monday.

All games will take place on Saturday June 10 with a winner decided on the day, extra-time and penalties will be in used if required.

The Mournemen suffered a narrow two-point defeat to Meath in the last group game to finish second in Group Two.

After reaching the Ulster semi-final with a morale-boosting victory over Donegal in Newry in April this year, Conor Laverty's men will feel they can put together a good run in the Tailteann Cup.

Longford showed signs of quality in their 11-point victory over Oisin McConville's Wicklow in round two but Carlow managed to edge them out by two points in round three. They will see Down as a real threat, especially at home, and they will hope to pull off a shock result to secure their place in a quarter-final. This game is live on GAA GO.

Fermanagh will take on Laois in Brewster Park at 6pm. The Ernemen suffered a shock seven-point defeat to Antrim at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday and after a poor start to their Tailteann Cup campaign will be hoping to get back on track.

Laois also turned in a surprise after drawing with fellow Division Four side London who finished bottom of the National League with a point. The crowd in Enniskillen will hope that Fermanagh will turn in a better performance and head to a quarter-final.

Offaly have been drawn at home to Wexford at 4pm in Glenisk O’Connor Park. Wexford managed an impressive four-point win over Leitrim in the final round of group games. 

They were quick in transition, a tactic they hope can punish Offaly. The Faithful county suffered a heavy defeat to last year’s beaten finalists Cavan by 16 points and it will be interesting to see they react against Offaly.

Carlow take on New York at home in Netwatch Cullen Park at 5pm. Carlow were victorious over Longford by two points and showed that they have execution in their forward line that can cause teams serious issues.

New York had a bye to the preliminary stages and they will be hoping for another historic day after defeating Leitrim in the Connacht Championship back in April. New York went a step further in their provincial Championship than Carlow did and this could be a motivating factor for the team from the “Big Apple”. The game will be shown live on GAA GO.

The winners of these fixtures will face the group winners (Limerick, Meath, Cavan and Antrim) on Saturday June 17th. The draw for these games will be made after the preliminary quarter-finals with times and venues to be confirmed.