It was very much a case of do-or-die for eight counties today in the first round of the All-Ireland Football Championship qualifiers.
The ‘A’ side of the draw produced wins today for Derry, Longford, Laois and Sligo.
Derry overcame a tricky test in Waterford to bounce back after a harrowing defeat to Tyrone. Like Cork three weeks ago, the Ulster side were made to huff and puff by the Déise, as the home side trailed by just two points at the break.
Laois headed to Aughrim, but had too much for the home side as they ran out three point winners on a scoreline of 3-10 2-16.
Meanwhile, Sligo continued to build upon what was a promising Connacht campaign by downing Antrim at home 0-22 to 3-07.
Finally, Longford travelled to Louth and won out on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-15.
Round 1A qualifier results:
Waterford 0-13 Derry 1-17
Louth 1-10 Longford 2-15
Wicklow 3-10 Laois 2-16
Sligo 0-22 Antrim 3-07
In the Leinster Senior Football Championship, Westmeath got by Offaly on the second time of asking, winning out 3-17 to 0-15, to book a date with reigning champions Dublin.
The ‘B’ side of the qualifiers get underway next weekend, with the following fixtures:
Limerick vs Wexford
London vs Carlow
Offaly vs Cavan
Armagh vs Fermanagh
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we look ahead to all the weekend’s action, and hear from Derek McGrath as we preview Cork vs Waterford.