Just the two games this weekend with one ending in a draw and the other with just a point between the sides. We remarked last week that both Kildare and Derry would be narrow-ish favourites and lo and behold, that’s almost exactly how it turned out.
For Derry it’s a return to an Ulster semi-final and although the pickings may be slim there against either Donegal or Armagh, it means at worst a visit to Round 2 of the qualifiers which may in itself give them a decent June and July. For Down it’s into Pot B in the qualifiers where they could meet Donegal or Armagh, or Tyrone, but may also end up facing Westmeath/Wexford, Meath/Wicklow, Leitrim or Limerick. For Kildare and Laois, it’s the chance of another day out before having to head to Headquarters to face a Dublin demolishing. So smiles all round.