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Louth’s relegation to Division 4 was confirmed after round 6. At the other end of the table, Down got two points against Leitrim without even lining-out. The cancellation of that game left them second in the table and favourites to join Cork in Division 2. Louth vs Down is on Sunday at 2pm.
Louth started well against Cork. However, the rebels are a class above everyone in the division and once they found their stride Louth had no reply.
Yet, 0-16 is a promising tally to take them forward. They begin their Championship against Longford on November 1st. As a result, with nothing to gain from the Down game Wayne Kierans may experiment this weekend.
Whereas Paddy Tally has not seen his team in competitive action at all yet. He would have no doubt preferred to play against Leitrim.
Patrick Reilly and Emmet Coralan saw the line for Louth in the closing stages last weekend. Kierans will be expecting a more disciplined outing from his side this time out.
Meanwhile, Down have just the one game to get their team right before Championship. So, Tally will be keen his strongest possible combinations and will try as many things as he can in the 70 minutes.
Prediction: Down. They need to hit the ground running and with promotion on the line we expect them to do so. Louth are already bound for Division 4 and this will be more about pride for them.
Louth vs Down: Division 3, Sunday, October 25th, 2pm (Dundalk).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 20, 2020