Cork picked up from where they left off in Division 3 but the battle for second has heated up. Down are the favourites to join the rebels in Division 2 but Derry and Longford are also in with a chance. Round 7 will decide all for these counties.
On Saturday morning, it was announced that Leitrim were conceding their game with Down. Due to the Covid-19 situation, a number of players were not available and as a result they could not field a team. Now, Leitrim are staring down the barrel of relegation and hope their situation improves so they can fight to survive against Tipperary. Meanwhile, Down need just a point against bottom of the table Louth to ensure promotion.
Cork resumed their dominance in the Division with a 5-19 vs 0-16 win over Louth. Louth are guaranteed to go down and Cork will win the Division. Next weekend, Cork play Offaly. With nothing on the line, it is likely Ronan McCarthy will rest some of his squad for the Championship tie against Kerry.
Derry joined the promotion fight with a win over Longford. The 2-14 to 0-12 victory draws them level with Longford and leaves both teams within one win of second place. In round 7, Longford host Cork and Derry travel to Offaly. A win for either side will give them a chance of promotion if Down fail to beat Louth.
On Sunday, Conor Sweeney’s first-half goal from a penalty proved to be the decisive score as Tipperary defeated Offaly at Semple Stadium. It finished 1-16 to 0-16 which puts the Munster side one step closer to safety. They are now level with Offaly. Offaly can ensure survival with a point against Derry. Elsewhere, Tipperary play Leitrim which will be a relegation decider for both teams.
GOAL! Patrick Kearney strikes to the net following slick Derry buildup play in the first-half of our win against Longford on Saturday evening. @davittswatragh #WeAreDerry | #EveryMoment pic.twitter.com/b4BRe6LB2x
— Derry GAA (@Doiregaa) October 18, 2020