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The National Football League resumes on October 17th and the Division 3 fixture of Cork vs Louth is one of the first to throw-in. Previously, Cork laid the foundations for promotion to Division 2. Now, their good form earlier in the year leaves them with room for error in the remaining two fixtures.
Allianz Football Division 3 round 6
Cork v Louth, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 4pm Preview and live score commentary
Cork (FL3 v Louth): Micheál Martin; Kevin Flahive, Maurice Shanley, Paul Ring; Kevin O’ Donovan, Mattie Taylor, Cian Kiely; Ian Maguire, Paul Walsh; Ruairi Deane, Killian O’ Hanlon, Kevin O’Driscoll; Damien Gore, Colm O’Callaghan, Paul Kerrigan.
Subs: Anthony Casey, Sam Ryan, Nathan Walsh, Donal O’Mahony, Tadhg Corkery, Sean Meehan, Aidan Browne, Niall Hartnett, Eoghan McSweeney, Jack McCarthy, Mark Collins.
Contrastingly, Louth seemed doomed to relegation. After five games they have no points to boast of. However, this could a blessing in disguise. With the pressure now off, the Wee County can use the League to prepare themselves for the Championship.
Louth follow up their game against Cork by playing another promotion hopeful in Down. Even a maximum return in these two games may not guarantee survival. However, Wayne Kierans will be more focused on the Leinster Championship game against Longford on November 1st. In January, Longford overcame Kierans’ team. Now, the manager will be ready to avenge that loss.
Meanwhile, Ronan McCarthy will have both eyes on the Championship fixture against Kerry on November 8th. McCarthy is one man who is perhaps relieved at the suspension of Club games. With the Cork Championship finals still to be played, he would have had a host of squad members joining the inter-county set-up at the last minute. More importantly, they were running the risk of injury. For example, Ian Maguire, Brian Hurley, and Michael Hurley all hobbled off in their semi-final. Add this to the already injured Liam O’Donovan and Tomás Clancy and McCarthy may not have had the ideal prep needed for the Kerry game.
After a disappointing season in 2019 which saw them relegated from Division 2 and lose all three Super 8 games, Cork are out to prove their worth.
Allianz National League Division 3: Cork vs Louth, Saturday October 17th, 4pm (Páirc Uí Chaoimh).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 7, 2020