The pressure is now on for all the first round losers in the Senior Football Championship last weekend and Longford Slashers, in particular, face a tough task getting their title challenge back on track against Mostrim.
The Edgeworthstown side, under the driving force of Dromard clubman Enda Macken, will be in a confident frame of mind after scoring a surprise win over a fancied Mullinalaghta outfit on Sunday evening last.
But there is some good news for Slashers manager Denis Connerton as Peter Foy will be back in action after serving a two weeks suspension and the 2012 beaten finalists should be good enough to come out on top in a must win match against Mostrim in Monaduff, Drumlish on Sunday evening next.
The most attractive Round 2 tie is the clash of Clonguish and Killoe in the wonderful setting of Maguire Park in Ballinalee this Friday evening. Emmet Og, on the evidence of their impressive performance in beating Slashers last weekend, must be rated the favourites to score a second win.
Something has got to give in the games between Mullinalaghta v Fr. Manning Gaels and Colmcille v Ballymahon as all four clubs suffered defeat in Round 1. Colmcille were unlucky losers against Clonguish but can bounce back with a win over Ballymahon while Mullinalaghta will have to get the better of the Drumlish/Ballinamuck side to keep alive their hopes of reaching the championship quarter-finals.
Dromard will be expected to overcome Granard while Abbeylara will cruise to a comprehensive win over Killashee in the remaining Round 2 games.
ROUND 2 FIXTURES
Longford Slashers v Mostrim. Prediction: Slashers. Clonguish v Killoe. Prediction: Killoe. Dromard v Granard. Prediction: Dromard. Abbeylara v Killashee. Prediction: Abbeylara. Fr. Manning Gaels v Mullinalaghta. Prediction: Mullinalaghta. Colmcille v Ballymahon. Prediction: Colmcille.
Check GAA Fixtures on Page 79 for dates, venues and throw-in times.