Preview: Lidl NFL Division 2 Round 7

Former Mayo footballer Diane O’Hora comes up against her former manager Frank Browne when Kildare take on Westmeath in Newbridge. Kildare are hoping to extend their unbeaten run while the Lake County will hope to cause an upset.

Laois have already been relegated to Division 3. Monaghan and Cavan fight it out to avoid the drop. They face big games at home to Laois and Tyrone respectively.

Tipperary v Donegal, Sun 24th Mar, Fethard Town Park, 1pm

Both teams will want to end their campaign with a win. Donegal are currently in 3rd spot while Tipp are back in 5th, just one point behind them. 

Donegal had an excellent win over their Ulster rivals Cavan. They have lost just two games in the league, so far; to Kildare and Tyrone who are promoted to Division 1 for next year.

Tipp had a fine win over Monaghan last week to consolidate their place in Division 2 for next year. This game will be good preparation for both sides as they prepare for the championship.

Cavan v Tyrone, Sun 24th Mar, Max McGrath Memorial Park, Redhills, 2pm

Cavan know they need to win this game if they are to guarantee their place in Division 2 next year. For Tyrone, they’ve gained promotion to Division 1 and look forward to the Division 2 Final against Kildare in 2 week’s time.

The Breffni County fell to a heavy defeat to Donegal last weekend. They just scored five points in that game. Their defence will need to be tighter when they face a potent Tyrone forward line.

Tyrone drew with Kildare last weekend in what is a dress rehearsal for the Division 2 Final. They’ll want to prepare for that game with a win against Cavan.

Kildare v Westmeath, Sun 24th Mar, Manguard Park, 2pm

Kildare’s 100% record in Division 2 ended last weekend but they are still unbeaten and will want to finish the group stages with that record intact. 

Last weekend the Lilywhites drew with Tyrone. They had already been promoted to Division 1 in their previous game. Tyrone scored a late goal to claim a share of the spoils.

Westmeath consolidated their place in Division 2 last weekend with a fine win away to Laois. This is a big game for them.

Monaghan v Laois, Sun 24th Mar, Smithborough, 2pm

Laois are already relegated to Division 3 while Monaghan are hoping they can consolidate their place in Division 1 with a win and hope Cavan don’t beat Tyrone.

Monaghan fell to a six point defeat away to Tipperary last weekend. They have won just one game this campaign; that was against their neighbours Cavan.

Laois have lost five games and drawn just one. They’d like to pick up a win in their final game, if they do they’ll relegate Monaghan.

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland

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