Paddy O’Rourke’s men dispatched last year’s beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists Fermanagh a week ago and the Mournemen stay in the province having been drawn to face Mickey Moran’s men next Saturday.
Cavan must pick themselves up from their 21-point drubbing at the hands of Tyrone as they face the other beaten Ulster semi-finalists Donegal, who edged past Wicklow at Aughrim yesterday.
Monaghan play Wexford, who fell to Dublin, while Limerick face a trip to Carlow and Kildare are on the road to Sligo. Former Kidare captain, Glen Ryan is a doubt for that tie after sustaining a suspected fracture of the jawbone with his club Round Towers in the Kildare SFC against Celbridge yesterday.
Val Andrews’ Louth side will fancy their chances when they host a Roscommon side which has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past week.
Paidi Ó Sé’s Westmeath side will travel down to Munster for a clash with Clare and his former Kerry team mate John Kennedy.
Sean Boylan will face his first ever championship clash on Connacht soil as Meath visit Leitrim next Saturday. All times and venues are to be decided by the GAC this morning.
The draw is: Monaghan v Wexford, Carlow v Limerick, Sligo v Kildare, Louth v Roscommon, Donegal v Cavan, Down v Derry, Westmeath v Clare, Meath v Leitrim.