Quarter-Finals qualification pressure

Killoe are one of just three teams which are guaranteed a place in the last eight of the Longford Senior Football Championship. Photo: Kevin Leavy/Declan Gilmore Photography
The final round of fixtures in the group stage of the Senior Football Championship are down for decision this weekend and the pressure is on a number of clubs in the quest to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The final round of fixtures in the group stage of the Senior Football Championship are down for decision this weekend and the pressure is on a number of clubs in the quest to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Just three teams - Killoe, Mullinalaghta and Colmcille - are guaranteed a place in the last eight so it will be interesting to see how they approach the next games, particularly as there is nothing at stake for them apart from hampering the momentum gained from winning their first two matches.

Killoe will be strongly fancied to beat Ballymahon, regardless whether they rest some players, while the indications are that Clonguish will overcome Colmcille in the opening game of the weekend action (Friday in Ballinalee) on the back of a fine win over Slashers in the previous round. Dromard produced a disappointing display in their surprise defeat against Abbeylara in Round 2 and will be going all out to make amends against Mullinalaghta, knowing that a win will put them through to the quarter-finals.

Fr. Manning Gaels will also advance to the knock-out stages, providing they manage to get the better of Mostrim, but a tight contest could be in prospect here as the Edgeworthstown outfit could still end up in a play-off situation if they can succeed in scoring their first win in the current championship campaign.

That same situation applies to another of the pointless teams, Granard, who look absolutely certain to win against a poor Ardagh side who are struggling so badly in the senior grade this season.

The remaining game in Round 3 this weekend is unquestionably the most intriguing and attractive fixture - the meeting of Longford Slashers and Abbeylara at the Dromard grounds on Saturday evening (throw-in 8pm).

With a win and a defeat apiece, the eventual losers here will be sweating it out to see if they are thrown a lifeline via a play-off and thus there will be a lot of tension in a match that could end up in a draw - a result that would be good enough to get both teams through to the quarter-finals if Ballymahon are beaten by Killoe.

ROUND 3 FIXTURES

Clonguish v Colmcille

Prediction: Clonguish

Abbeylara v

Longford Slashers

Prediction: Slashers

Fr. Manning Gaels v Mostrim

Prediction: Gaels

Ballymahon v Killoe

Prediction: Killoe

Ardagh v Granard

Prediction: Granard

Dromard v Mullinalaghta

Prediction: Dromard

Check GAA Fixtures on page 77 for dates, venues and throw-in times