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