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Refreshed Erne stars raring to go: O'Callaghan

By Declan Bogue

Published 26/03/2016

Looking up: Richie O'Callaghan is keen to guarantee survival
Looking up: Richie O'Callaghan is keen to guarantee survival

Fermanagh midfielder Richie O'Callaghan has admitted that the one-week break in the Allianz Football League came at a good time for the Ernemen.

In the first game back after the first break, Fermanagh switched off in the final stages against Armagh and let a draw slip from their grasp. The next day out, they produced their best football all year to blitz Laois even without the suspended Sean Quigley, but their last game featured a disappointing no-show against neighbours Cavan.

Now after last week's break, they have to realign their sights and get ready for their remaining games away to Galway (tomorrow, 3pm) and home to Tyrone (next Sunday). A win in either might be enough to keep them in Division Two, with the smart money on them achieving that against the Tribesmen.

Reflecting on the Cavan defeat, Enniskillen Gaels midfielder O'Callaghan said: "Straight away after the match it felt like a good time to have a break, there was time to reflect and a time to look forward.

"We have a massive, massive game in Galway. We have to be ready for it and get in the right mindset for it. If we go in with the same attitude as we did against Cavan then Galway are going to destroy us. We have to get a result from there and take it into the last game.

"You don't want Tyrone coming to Brewster Park and you looking down. Promotion is gone now, but you want to be looking up in this division."

Tyrone are already through to the league semi-finals and have two dead-rubber games coming up against Armagh and Fermanagh, but would be unlikely to show either relegation-threatened neighbour any sympathy, with a host of young players eager to make the most of the limited gametime they can get.

Elsewhere, Derry can make a late push for promotion in their two remaining games at home to Meath tomorrow and Armagh away on the final regulation battle of the league campaign.

Cavan remain in pole position however to gain that second promotion slot and they have strugglers Laois at home tomorrow and complete their engagements with another home game for the final day out against Galway.

In Division Four, Antrim stand to clinch automatic promotion if they can gain a win over Wicklow this weekend and maintain their perfect record.

Their final game is a potentially dangerous meeting against fellow promotion chasers Louth, although that will be played at home.

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