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Chopping & Changing Highlights The Beauty Of The Allianz Leagues

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While there may be a lot of discontent surrounding championship structures at present, the same cannot be said about the leagues. 

Following Round Three of the Allianz Football League, each of the four divisions have begun to take some sort of shape as we head into the break.

The chopping and changing of each division on Sunday really highlighted the magic of this competition.

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Below is the Division 1 table as of Sunday morning. Note that Kerry, Dublin, Mayo, and Cavan have all played the night before.

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After Sunday, Mayo and Kerry sit proudly atop Division One following 100 percent records.

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We can forget the top of the table, however. What’s more interesting is the relegation zone. Cavan lie at the foot of the table, with Tyrone sit just one point above.

Despite their poor form in the opening few weeks, both Ulster sides can climb out of the relegation zone with a win in two weeks time.

Monaghan’s league campaign got off to a bang with a win over Dublin. However, they followed that up with defeat to Roscommon and Galway which means in the space of two weeks, they’ve gone from riding the crest of a wave, to a relegation battle.

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Roscommon has performed well thus far and will feel they have let points slip. They are in fourth position heading into the break, but in two weeks time, they could be as high as third or as low as sixth.

Finally, who would have thought that come the first break in this year’s league, we would be talking about Dublin as possible relegation contenders, but here we are.

One win from two, the Dubs are in fifth place and with Mayo next in line, it’ll be interesting to see how they react.

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The story of Division Two is fascinating.

As of Sunday morning, Fermanagh have leapfrogged Kildare into second place following their two-point win over the Lilywhites.

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Come Sunday evening, the league table has taken a turn, although Fermanagh remain in second place, something that not many would have predicted at the beginning of the year.

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Meath welcomed Armagh on Sunday with both teams level on points. The home side’s victory propelled them to the top of the table whilst defeat for Armagh dropped them into the relegation zone highlighting the permutations that each result means.

Not many may have foreseen the predicament Cork find themselves in as Tipperary’s big win over Donegal propels the Rebels to the bottom of the table.

The big talking point in Division Two is that only three points separate the entire division. From the Royals down to the Rebels, everyone is facing the prospect of either promotion or relegation. Nobody is safe in Division Two.

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The third tier of the league is just as tight as the second…

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Down recorded a one-point win over Westmeath on Saturday evening to move ahead of them and into first position outright, however, that was all set to change.

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By the end of Round Three, Down had slipped back into the fourth position while Longford occupied top spot following a great win over Carlow.

Carlow had started the day in second but finished in fifth after wins for Laois and Louth shot them up the table.

Laois began the day in sixth but jumped all the way to second.

The closeness of Division Three really highlights the beauty of the league.

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There was a lot less movement in Division Four as the top four sides all remained in the same position.

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There was some change among the bottom teams, however, as London recorded a huge win over Wexford to jump from eight spot into fifth.

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Of course, it’s still early days. Four games to go and there is a lot of chopping and changing to be done.

However, Sunday’s movement shines a light on the beauty of the competition on what was a really positive weekend for Gaelic football.

For most counties, these next few weeks represent their only chance for silverware, competition is fierce, it’s unpredictable and every team justifiably believes.

In the league one game can make a huge difference, teams are fighting tooth and nail for that extra couple of points that makes the difference between promotion and relegation and for fans it is a brilliant couple of months.

About Michael Corry

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