After gaining momentum with back to back wins over Louth and Galway, the Laois Senior Footballers now find themselves dicing with relegation after consecutive defeats to Armagh and Meath.
The loss to Meath last Saturday in O’Moore Park leaves them third from bottom of the table just a point ahead of Galway who were held to a draw by Louth on Sunday. Louth are just a further point adrift and could still avoid the drop.
Things will not get any easier for Tomás Ó Flatharta’s side this Sunday as they travel to Clones to take on a Monaghan side who are in a three way tie at the top of the table with Donegal and Down.
The Laois manager acknowledged after Saturday’s game that another win would probably be needed to assure their position in Division 2 for next season.
“Looking at the table at the moment we would like to get another two points anyway to be secure in it. The two games are going to be tough challenges so we have to be up for that.”
Meanwhile the Laois hurlers need a win at home to Limerick in their final game and Wexford to get a result against Cork if they are to avoid playing the top side in Division 1A.
Laois are currently fourth in the table with Clare leading the way in the top flight going into the final round of games. If both sides remain their current positions, it would set up a repeat of last year’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifier .
Laois manager Seamus Plunkett is looking forward to the games ahead and potentially facing the Munster and All Ireland Champions in succesive weeks.
“We’ll be tearing into them (Limerick), and please God a couple of little things can go for us and we can get a result, but one way or the other we are in a league quarter-final the following Sunday after that.