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Promotion on the line against Roscommon

Allianz NFL Division 2  ARMAGH V ROSCOMMON SATURDAY 14TH MARCH AT ATHLETIC GROUND 6.30PM 

It may not have turned out the way one would have liked it, but before a ball was kicked in this Division Two League all Armagh supporters would have taken a home win over Roscommon in your penultimate match to gain promotion to the topflight.

Costly dropped points on the road, 3 in total, two to Laois, no real excuses as Armagh were well beaten and the one that got away to Westmeath as an 8 point half time lead was lost but they did well to salvage a late draw having trailed by 3 at the death.

Division Two was always going to be a minefield as all 8 teams are capable as it has shown of beating each other on a given day and only 3 points between 7 teams is verification of just how competitive this division has been. Connacht champions Roscommon had a very poor start to the league beginning with a 2-14 apiece home draw with Laois followed by a 0-13 to 0-12 Enniskillen defeat by Fermanagh. Since then Anthony Cunningham’s Rossie have rattled off 3 impressive wins on the trot as the beat Clare 1-8 to 0-4, won in Kildare 2-11 to 0-13 and then saw off Westmeath at home 1-16 to 0-12 to give them a 7 point haul the same as Armagh.

So, as the current league table stands a win on Saturday night for either team at the Athletic Grounds will give them promotion with a game to go. Relegated Roscommon have made no secret of the fact that a swift return to Division One football was their main priority for 2020.

Following a last match defeat to Donegal in 2012 which resulted in relegation, Armagh have not played in Division One since then so a return to the top table would be a very welcome step in the right direction. There will be a bumper crown. in Armagh on Saturday night and hopefully the weather will play ball so that two good footballing sides can showcase their talents in this winner takes all contest with promotion on the line.

The remaining fixtures in Division two are as follows.

FL Division 2 round 6

Clare v Fermanagh, Cusack Park, 2pm

Westmeath v Laois, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm

Kildare v Cavan, Newbridge, 2pm

FL Division 2 round 7

Cavan v Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm

Clare v Armagh, Cusack Park, 2pm

Kildare v Westmeath, Newbridge, 2pm

Fermanagh v Laois, Brewster Park, 2pm