The Christy Ring Cup enters its quarter final stage this weekend. Down will host Meath at Ballcran, while Kildare travel to Banagher to face Derry.
Down lost to Derry in the first round, but recovered last week to easily defeat Armagh, racking up 1-19 and only conceding 0-6. Meath also beat Armagh in this year’s competition, winning 2-21 to 1-17 in round one. Meath battled gamely against Kerry last week and lead with fifteen minutes to play, but the Royal County ultimately ran out three point losers. Neither team set the world alight in their league campaigns. Down finished third last in Division 2, while Meath were second last in Division 3A.
The second game pits Derry against Kildare. Derry opened their campaign with a comprehensive 2-17 to 1-13 victory over Down in round one, but the Ulster county were blown away by Wicklow last week. Wicklow benefitted from a strong breeze in the first half and lead 3-11 to 1-1 at the interval. Derry attempted a comeback in the second half but ended with 14 men and an eight point deficit.
Kildare lost to Kerry by four points in the first round, but won a surprisingly one sided match against Mayo by 1-20 to 2-10 last week. The Lilywhites would have won by a considerably higher margin were it not for two late Cathal Freeman goals for Mayo.
Derry and Kildare met during the league and the Ulster county ran out 1-20 to 0-19 winners on their way to topping the Division 3A table.
Down vs Meath, Ballbran. 2.30.
Referee: Eamon Hasson
Derry vs Kildare, Banagher. 2.30.
Referee: Garrett Duffy