Tailteann Cup venues and dates confirmed as Kieran Donnelly urges Fermanagh to seize home advantage

The four Tailteann Cup preliminary quarterfinals will be played this Saturday June 10 with four teams enjoying home field advantage.

Offaly, Carlow, Fermanagh and Down took the runners-up spots in their respective groups and will be home for the preliminary quarter-finals with Cavan, Meath, Limerick and Antrim advancing directly to the quarter-finals after topping the groups.

New York entered the competition in the preliminary quarterfinals and was drawn by Carlow with that game at Netwatch Cullen Park airing live on GAAGO at 5 pm on Saturday.

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GAAGO will also broadcast live coverage of Down’s clash with Longford on Páirc Esler (7pm), while Offaly hosts Wexford at Tullamore (4pm), while Fermanagh takes on Laois at Brewster Park (6pm) in the remaining matches.

Speaking after Sunday’s seven-point defeat to Antrim at the Box-It Athletic Grounds, Fermanagh boss Kieran Donnelly felt the scoring was a bit harsh for his players after Antrim scored two late goals in a win from 3-13 to 1-12.

“On a hot day, we needed more than a draw (to lead the pack), so we just had to push and chase the game,” Donnelly said.

“We were trying to push and be a little more aggressive and they got runners behind. They have rhythm, of that there is no doubt. There was a fluke goal they got, but the other one, I felt like we probably had our heads dropped at that stage. But the heat was also extremely harsh at that stage.