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Round Two

What's next? London to take on the Déise as Meath are paired with Galway

The draw for the second round of this year’s football qualifiers has thrown up some tantalising encounters, with Meath v Galway the pick of the bunch.

LONDON WILL FOLLOW up their first win in 34 years with a tie against Waterford in the second round of the Senior Football Championship. The Exiles put Fermanagh to the sword in a famous win at Ruislip on Saturday and have been rewarded with a tie against John Owens’ side.

Arguably the most mouth-watering tie sees Meath paired with Galway. Seamus McEnaney’s tore through Louth at the weekend, with Cian Ward grabbing a hat-trick, and will be meeting a Galway side licking their wounds after their abject performance against Mayo in the Connacht semi-final on Sunday.

Old pals Kieran McGeeney and Justin McNulty will meet as Kildare were paired with Laois. The pair played football together for home club Mullaghbawn, Na Fianna in Dublin and for the Armagh senior footballers, but any friendship will be cast aside as they meet for the first time as opposing managers.

Following their scare against Clare, last year’s All-Ireland finalists Down will take on Leitrim, while Offaly’s surprise win over Monaghan will see them travel to play Limerick.

Longford, so impressive during their 2-16 to 0-11 win over Cavan at the weekend, will fancy their chances against a downcast Tyrone. The Red Hands’ slide continued apace over the weekend as they lost their Ulster Championship semi-final to Donegal in Clones.

Draw for the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers, Round 2:

  • Limerick v Offaly, Gaelic Grounds (Date/Time TBC)
  • Down v Leitrim, Newry (Sat 9 July, 3pm)
  • Laois v Kildare, Portlaoise (Sat 9 July, 7pm – live on TV3)
  • Longford v Tyrone, Pearse Park (Sat 9 July, 7pm)
  • Armagh v Wicklow, Morgan Athletic Grounds (Sat 9 July, 7pm)
  • Meath v Galway, Navan (Sat 9 July, 7pm)
  • Antrim v Carlow, Casement Park (Sat 9 July, 2pm)
  • London v Waterford, Ruislip (Sat 9 July, 6.30pm)

Poll: was the referee right to award Dublin a last-minute free yesterday?