Death or glory for Ulster counties
Both Antrim and Armagh find themselves involved in salvage operations this afternoon.
The Saffrons travel to Newbridge for a meeting with Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare knowing that nothing less than victory will keep their season alive.
Ironically former Armagh star McGeeney will be under serious pressure should the Lily Whites come off second best.
It’s an itriguing game with the winner taking all.
Armagh and Donegal find themselves in a similar situation at Crossmaglen.
John Joe Doherty’s men enjoyed a decent run through the qualifiers last season until being overpowered by Cork in Croke Park.
Having lost to Down after extra time in Ballybofey they too are in the last chance saloon.
Injuries seriously disrupted Armagh’s preparations, but they will be keen to return to winning ways after losing so spectacularly to Monaghan at Casement Park.
They have already beaten Donegal in the league, but that counts for little as does Armagh’s impressive Championship record against the same opposition.
Pearse Og’s Anton Duffy will make his first competitive start for Armagh.
He will line out at right half forward in place of the suspended Brian Mallon while former Aussie Rules player Kevin Dyas comes in at left half back in place of the injured Finian Moriarty.
Armagh: P Hearty, A Mallon, B Donaghy, V Martin, P Duffy, C McKeever, K Dyas, C Vernon, K Toner, A Duffy, A Kernan, M Mackin, G Swift, S McDonnell, J Clarke. Subs: P McEvoy, S Forker, B Shannon, J Feeney, F Hanratty, E McNulty, P McKeown, T Kernan, Paul Kernan.
Donegal: P Durcan, P McGrath, N McGee, K Lacey, M Maguire, B Dunnion, F McGlynn, N Gallagher, K Cassidy, M McHugh, R Kavanagh, D Walsh, C McFadden, M Murphy, C Dunne.