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Eoghan McSweeney of Cork in action against Leo McLoone. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Eoghan McSweeney of Cork in action against Leo McLoone. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Cork are on the brink of relegation to Division 3 even if they beat Armagh next weekend

CORK footballers need outside help if they are to avoid being relegated from Division 2 for the first time in the county’s history.

The 1-19 to 1-12 loss to Donegal at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday keeps the Rebels rooted to the bottom of the table with a difficult away game to Armagh on Sunday wrapping up their programme.

Cork are level on three points with Tipp and Clare who meet in Thurles. Two teams will be relegated. Armagh are safe with six points on the board, which means two of the three Munster counties will play in Division 3 next year.

The Rebels now need to beat Armagh and hope Tipp draw with or defeat Clare.

If two sides are level their head-to-head will decide or if all three are tied scoring difference will dictate. Cork are worst off in that regard with minus 22. Tipp are on minus nine and Clare minus eight. Cork lost to Clare but defeated Tipp.

Manager Ronan McCarthy commented after the game. “There is still a possibility it could be in our own hands going to Armagh. We would be fortunate if that is the case.

“More realistically, we will need to win the game and depend on other results, too.

“You can speculate all day. All we can do is prepare as best we can and try and win.

“It’s a difficult fixture, but there’s no doubt we can go there and win it.

Injuries took a toll as well with captain Ian Maguire, Luke Connolly and keeper Micheál Aodh Martin all doubtful.

Ian Maguire is carried off, one of three players injured against Donegal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ian Maguire is carried off, one of three players injured against Donegal. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

“That’s the nature of the league. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We will have a team well capable of winning up there.

“Keep it simple, that’s all we can do. There is no magic wand or magic formula here. Keep on trying to do things rights.

“Obviously, we identified areas that we can build on for the next day,” he added.

Clare lost to Meath by 1-12 to 1-7 in their re-arranged game in Ennis.