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Cavan to host Down in latest round of All-Ireland qualifiers

Cavan's Gearoid McKiernan will play a big role against Down
Cavan's Gearoid McKiernan will play a big role against Down
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

The draw for the second round of All-Ireland qualifiers has thrown up a mouth-watering all-Ulster clash between Cavan and Down.

The pair will meet on the weekend of June 23/24 in the only round two match to be staged in the northern province, however due to work going on at Kingspan Breffni Park it is likely the game will be played at a neutral venue.

St Tiernach's Park in Clones seems the likeliest option due to its accessibility for both counties, while Healy Park in Omagh would also be an option if necessary.

Down will be eager to set the record straight after they were dominated by Donegal in their Ulster semi-final yesterday in Clones, while Cavan easily dispatched Wicklow in round one of the qualifiers.

Beaten Ulster semi-finalists Monaghan have been paired with Waterford, with that game being played at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, while Armagh - who defeated Westmeath at the weekend - will fancy their chances of reaching the next round at Markievicz Park against Sligo.

Meanwhile, Tyrone are rewarded for their extra-time win over Meath in the previous round with a trip to Netwatch Cullen Park where they will face-off against Carlow.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship - Round 2

Saturday, June 23

Waterford v Monaghan - 2pm - Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Tipperary v Mayo - 5pm - Semple Stadium, Thurles

Carlow v Tyrone - 5pm - Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow

Sligo v Armagh - 6pm - Markievicz Park, Sligo

Longford v Kildare - 7pm - Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford

Leitrim v Louth - 7pm - Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon

Cavan v Down - TBD

Sunday, June 24

Offaly v Clare - time TBA - O'Connor Park, Tullamore

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