Fermanagh hurling manager Joe Baldwin is targeting a win on Sunday when his side face Louth in a promotion shot out in Darver (2pm).

Baldwin has made no secret of championship being his main goal but he won’t say no to a league title if they can secure it.

“We’ve played ourselves into that position; I said at the start of the year that leagues were for playing and trying to build towards championship but promotion is on the cards so it is one that we definitely want to win,” he said.

Louth had the better of things when the sides met in the Lory Meagher Cup final at Croke Park at the end of last year and Baldwin says that this is a game that Fermanagh have been aiming for since the fixtures were announced.

“It’s a game that we said from the outset that we wanted to test ourselves against Louth because we felt the scoreline was a bit unjust last year in Dublin.

“Louth have been that wee step ahead of us this last couple of years. They are a lot more physical than the other two teams we have played,they are very good in air and their two half backs like to attack so we really need to bring our A game if we want to get a result,” he stated.

If Fermanagh are to win then Baldwin knows that they will have to bring further improvement from their opening two league games which saw them draw with Cavan before beating Leitrim.

“We are constantly looking for improvement all the time. The first day I was disappointed with the free count and we rectified that on the second day but I was then disappointed with the number of wides.

“Look, discipline is going to be absolutely key as Darren Geoghegan is a fantastic free taker and we are going to have to change the game plan ever so slightly from last year.

We are just really looking forward to the challenge that it brings,” he said.

Fermanagh will be without key players Barney McAuley and Kevin McGarry for the clash but other than that Baldwin is hoping for a clean bill of health as they go looking for promotion.

Obviously we are without Barney and Kevin and we have a couple of wee niggles but we are pretty much alright,” he concluded.