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Barton wants seeding system for qualifiers

 

By Declan Bogue

Derry manager Damian Barton has raised the idea of a seeding system in the All-Ireland qualifier series, which would see the 'weaker' counties being afforded a home draw.

The Oak Leaf side's reward for their comfortable win over Waterford on Saturday was to be drawn against Mayo in Castlebar, with the clash set for the first weekend in July.

"It would have been nice for us to take Mayo at home, to Owenbeg. You just look at it and it is a massive advantage for Mayo, I think, playing at home," said the Newbridge schoolteacher.

"It's a tough draw. They are obviously a very proven team.

"There is absolutely no doubt they would have been preparing for whoever. It gives a different sense of focus.

"We have a reasonably good record against Mayo. I think the boys themselves will be looking forward to it."

Donegal boss Rory Gallagher will be hoping to inflict Longford's first ever first-round qualifier defeat when they meet each other in Ballybofey, while the Meath-Sligo game could be thrown into doubt with a possible Antrim appeal after Sligo appeared to use seven substitutions in their clash at the weekend.

All-Ireland Qualifiers 2A: Meath v Sligo; Mayo v Derry ; Laois v Clare; Donegal v Longford.

Matches to be played on July 1&2

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