High-flying Down are almost back in big time
With two games left to play, Down only need one positive result to make an instant return to the top flight after vacating it last spring following four seasons there, making the league semi-finals a regular occurrence.
Jim McCorry has achieved remarkable results while re-inventing a squad that had a threadbare look to it following a number of high-profile retirements and if they somehow slip up to a sturdy Meath team at home tomorrow night, they will surely correct themselves to claim a win in the final group game at the same venue a week later against Laois.
By virtue of their win over the Royals last week, Roscommon have put themselves in serious contention for joining Down in the league final, which would represent their second successive promotion under genial Kerryman John Evans (pictured).
Kildare appear to be in freefall since Jason Ryan took over and could suffer their second successive relegation with defeat to Laois.
Cavan appear to have found security in mid-table.