DERRY GAA: Derry to face Dublin or Meath in Qualifiers

James Kielt scoring his superb second half penalty against Craig Lynch of Louth during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 1A match between Derry and Louth at Owenbeg Centre of Excellence in Dungiven (Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile)
James Kielt scoring his superb second half penalty against Craig Lynch of Louth during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 1A match between Derry and Louth at Owenbeg Centre of Excellence in Dungiven (Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile)

Derry’s reward for defeating Louth at Owenbeg on Saturday is a difficult looking second round draw at home to either Dublin or Meath.

The Leinster duo square up at Croke Park on Sunday with most pundits expecting a Dublin victory. If this proves the case, the subsequent Qualifier would be Derry’s second home meeting with Meath in a matter of months following March’s League draw at Owenbeg which was secured thank to an injury time Ryan Bell free

Derry haven’t face Dublin since an infamous 0-8 to 0-4 Division One defeat in Croke Park which led to a deluge of criticism for the Oak Leafers for perceived overly defensive football.

Elsewhere in the draw, the losers of the Ulster semi-final replay between Cavan and Tyrone will be at home to Carlow in the qualifiers. Following Sunday’s draw, the Ulster rivals face a replay on July 3rd which may have a knock-on effect on the fixtures and once again raises question about why extra-time is not employed, especially since the minor semi-final was decided in extra-time on the day.

Times and venues for all the back-door games will be confirmed by the CCCC on Monday afternoon.

Round 2A All-Ireland SFC qualifiers

Sligo v Leitrim

Clare v Laois

Cavan/Tyrone v Carlow

Derry v Dublin/Meath