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NFL Division 2 Rounds 1 to 7
Division 2 Round 1
4th February Down v Fermanagh
5th February Derry v Clare
5th February Galway v Cork
5th February Meath v Kildare
Division 2 Round 2
12th February Clare v Down
12th February Fermanagh v Galway
12th February Kildare v Cork
12th February Meath v Derry
Division 2 Round 3
25th February Down v Meath
26th February Cork v Fermanagh
26th February Derry v Kildare
26th February Galway v Clare
Division 2 Round 4
5th March Clare v Cork
5th March Meath v Galway
5th March Derry v Down
5th March Kildare v Fermanagh
Division 2 Round 5
18th March Down v Kildare
19th March Cork v Meath
19th March Fermanagh v Clare
19th March Galway v Derry
Division 2 Round 6
26th March Derry v Cork
26th March Kildare v Clare
26th March Meath v Fermanagh
26th March Down v Galway
Division 2 Round 7
2nd April Clare v Meath
2nd April Cork v Down
2nd April Fermanagh v Derry
2nd April Galway v Kildare
April 2017 Division 2 Final at Croke Park
Saturday, February 04, 2017
National Football League Division 2
Round 1 - Páirc Esler, Newry @19:00
Down v Fermanagh
Referee: Fergal Kelly
erneboy (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1320 - 30/01/2017 12:51:10 1950087Link 0
I can't call this one.... what I have seen of Down so far this year is an improvement on last year. Fermanagh are good and wee Pete making noises about an ulster title this year so should be a good game. If downs marquee players perform Ryan Johnston and Caolan mooney and some scores from Alan Davidson and barry o hagan then they should not be far away...but fermanagh are favourites.
downtothecore (Down) - Posts: 329 - 30/01/2017 21:36:49 1950358Link 0
Down away is a must win for Fermanagh if we are to stay in the division. The other major games we need to be making sure of wins from are both Clare & Derry at Brewster Park. Then there is always the possibility of picking something up away to kildare and away to meath (who we have been something of a bogie team for in recent seasons). Kildare have good players and will be tough on their patch. Meath certainly dont possess any greater quality than we do so it will be interesting how that game goes. Galway will always be difficult and Cork away anything wil be a bonus. Survival is not beyond us, a few new faces this year will do no harm in terms of injecting a bit more hunger and competition. For what its worthy my predictions are:
RedRum (Fermanagh) - Posts: 269 - 31/01/2017 10:17:20 1950460Link 0
Fermanagh need to reduce number of fouls,this was noticeable in McKenna Cup semi v Tyrone,Down have excellent free taker in Alan Davidson,so all mistakes will be punished.
Of the new players featured,Cian McManus, Lee Cullen and Eddie Courtney are most likely to feature,with the midfield selection alongside Eoin Donnelly being a key selection. Ryan Jones absence could be crucial.
Pete McGrath has been trying to instil greater belief in his players,this league campaign will show if they are buying into this with confidence on the pitch. Looking forward to the game,try and get over to Pairc Esler Saturday and cheer on the lads as they embark on another league journey.
macca999 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 922 - 01/02/2017 22:57:22 1951087Link 0
Changes from 2016: Clare and Kildare made the leap up from Division Three, with Down and Cork dropping down from the top flight.
YesterdaysMan (Fermanagh) - Posts: 732 - 02/02/2017 14:27:16 1951246Link 0
Maccas post was a load of drivel but don't criticise another poster for not giving a prediction when you are lodged on the fence with him.
gotmilk (Fermanagh) - Posts: 4971 - 02/02/2017 16:12:59 1951282Link 0
YesterdaysMan (Fermanagh) - Posts: 732 - 02/02/2017 17:28:05 1951301Link 0
Given given is great use of the English language. Perhaps you should attend some of these English classes that you speak so highly of.
gotmilk (Fermanagh) - Posts: 4971 - 02/02/2017 18:03:39 1951310Link 0
I think this opening game of the NFL for Fermanagh will be crucial as if they lose to Down that will make it an uphill battle from the start of the season to stay up in div2. Fermanagh must win against the weaker teams as when they meet the Cork, Meath, Galway and Kildare teams it will be difficult to accrue points from these games. I wouldn't be so sure of a win against Derry either or even Clare away. Obviously McGrath from what we read in the media is currently using psychological methods to try to instill his players into believing in themselves but I think if he doesn't achieve something from the NFL and the championships then he is unlikely to be able to serve another season. Maybe, that might be no bad thing as new blood brings new starts and enthusiasm as we have seen happening in other counties. But I guess it's too early to make a judgement call at this stage but hopefully some luck will come Fermanagh's way in 2017. We must live in hope!
BigToeJoe (Fermanagh) - Posts: 134 - 02/02/2017 21:32:21 1951351Link 0
Such a bunch of negative whinge bags ..... I predict Fermanagh to finish 3rd or 4th as there are no world beaters in div2 ... McGrath was right on the tv a few weeks back as many of you still have no belief .. I was in castlebar last year and watched some excellent football on mayos home patch a team that should have been all Ireland champions ... start believing in your team
AnBuachaillGlas (Fermanagh) - Posts: 287 - 02/02/2017 22:42:21 1951370Link 0
gotmilk (Fermanagh) - Posts: 4971 - 03/02/2017 08:03:19 1951412Link 0
NFL Division 2 Round 1 Down 0-10 Fermanagh 1-16. Fermanagh's starting team tonight: Thomas Treacy, Michael Jones, Che Cullen, Cian McManus, Declan McCusker, Ryan McCluskey, Aidan Breen (0-2), Eoin Donnelly, Lee Cullen, Barry Mullrone (0-1), Eoin McManus (1-0), Paul McCusker (0-1), Eddie Courtney (0-1), Sean Quigley (0-1), Tomas Corrigan (0-7). Fielding subs: Cathal Beacon (0-1) for Eddie Courtney, Daryl Keenan on for Eoin McManus, James McMahon on for Ryan McCluskey, Patrick Reihill on for Paul McCusker (0-1), Ryan Lyons (0-1) on for Sean Quigley., Thomas McCaffrey on for Tomas Corrigan. Man of the Match: Tomas Corrigan
erneboy (Fermanagh) - Posts: 1320 - 04/02/2017 21:15:57 1951907Link 0
ziggy32001 (Meath) - Posts: 8354 - 05/02/2017 10:51:58 1952019Link 0
The way I see things:
Fermanagh has beaten Down but no surprise ther which gives us a good start to the league;
Fermanagh probably losing to Galway;
Cork most likely being too strong for Fermanagh;
Kildare hoping for a win or a draw but Fermanagh will likely gain the points in this encounter;
Fermanagh at home should no doubt win against Clare;
Meath has home advantage so a Fermanagh may not happen;
Fermanagh at home should beat Derry.
Give these predictions I see Fermanagh's outcome as more about secure there place in div2 than promotion!
cillnaile. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 961 - 05/02/2017 12:17:22 1952041Link 0
cillnaile. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 961 - 06/02/2017 10:36:37 1952593Link 0
NFL Div2 table:
cillnaile. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 961 - 06/02/2017 10:43:39 1952595Link 0
kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1772 - 06/02/2017 11:12:50 1952616Link 0
WestRules (Galway) - Posts: 253 - 06/02/2017 12:20:45 1952672Link 0
kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1772 - 06/02/2017 13:10:08 1952688Link 0
Good to get the win away on Sat night lads but we don't need to get carried away as the result needs to be judged against playing a woeful Down outfit. Galway will really show us how far we have progressed. Good to see a few big physical players players making their mark - the Cullens, Eoin McManus and when you add Donnelly and Jones to that, when he returns we will have solid look to us. Kick outs remain a problem for us ... we need to have a plan and not have the keeper pondering on where he should kick it to every time he sets it on the tee. This slows the whole thing down and allows the opposition to set up against us. Tomas was good on Sat night but he needs to be less selfish on occasion and not shoot from impossible angles like the one he tried from near the corner flag ... . . a couple of times players burst past him on a support run but he didn't give it off....better teams will close him down. All told, a reasonable start and bring on Sunday !!
thewayiseeit (UK) - Posts: 47 - 06/02/2017 13:10:22 1952689Link 0