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Action from the 2016 football qualifiers, as Mark Collins of Cork is tackled by Dermot Brady of Longford. The counties had been due to play this weekend in the league. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Action from the 2016 football qualifiers, as Mark Collins of Cork is tackled by Dermot Brady of Longford. The counties had been due to play this weekend in the league. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Cork footballers receive a walkover from Longford in last league game

THE Cork footballers won't have another league game before hosting Kerry in the Munster semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh next month.

Longford have conceded the Allianz Football League clash, which had been due to take place on Sunday at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Ronan McCarthy's side hammered Louth in the Páirc last weekend to seal top spot in Division 3 and promotion for 2021.

Still, you can be sure they'd have preferred a competitive match as they prepare for their knockout clash with the Kingdom, who host Donegal in Division 1 this weekend.

It was a surprise to see Longford withdraw as they still had a shot at coming second and moving up to Division 2, albeit only on scoring difference and dependent on Louth upsetting the odds against Down.

Longford's withdrawal clears the way for Down to be promoted.

Yet Longford manager Padraic Davis hinted at a walkover earlier this week when he described playing Cork as a "dead rubber" to the Irish Examiner.

"All the naysayers and there is more and more out of them out there who want this season pulled, if these dead rubbers are played it eats into the thing and gives them fuel," he said.