Offaly senior hurlers will travel to Mullingar on Saturday to take on Westmeath in the second round of the Joe McDonagh cup knowing failure to win will put them under relegation pressure. All is far from lost but Kevin Martin's men can ill afford another defeat in the competition if they are to keep their fate in their own hands.
Sunday's loss to Laois was a big blow, especially with the game being in Tullamore and as Kevin Martin explains, the Westmeath game on Saturday now takes on huge importance.
"It's do or die now and we have to go down to Mullingar and win it. When you fall off the horse, you are better off getting back up on it straight away."
Offaly mixed the good with the bad on Saturday last but the Offaly manager is hopeful that the likes of Shane Kinsella, Kevin Connolly, Damien Egan, Mark Egan and Liam Langton will be fit enough to contend for a place on the panel.
“We think we can only get better. We had a lot of injuries coming off the club championship and we just about have them sorted. We had been getting it hard to get 15 on 15 in training but it is coming together now.”
Westmeath had a bye in the opening round so this will be their first competitive test since Joe Quaid's men won Division two of the National League back in April.
Cusack Park in Mullingar will be an extremely tough place to go and get a win but Offaly will be buoyed by the fact that they still have plenty of time to turn it around.
Offaly didn't pick up any major new injury worries on Saturday and as Kevin Martin explained after the game – his panel are upbeat and looking forward to meeting the next challenge head on.
The game will throw in at 3pm on Saturday and tickets can be bought at the venue for 10 euro.