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Four Players To Watch In Round Four Of Allianz Football League

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Come close of business this weekend in the Allianz Football League, we will begin to get a clearer picture of who’s looking at trophies and who’s looking at trouble.

The situation as it stands is tight across all four divisions and teams will be looking to shut down certain individuals who have proved a thorn in many sides over the first few weeks.

Can Niall Morgan make it three games from three? Will David Tubridy continue his scoring streak? Can Longford stay on top of a tight third division?

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Here are our four players to watch in Round Four of the Allianz Football League.


Division One

Niall Morgan (Tyrone)

Whilst Tyrone have been lacklustre in the opening three rounds, their goalkeeper has been anything but.

Mickey Harte’s men have struggled for league form so far and barely scraped a draw with Roscommon two weeks ago. Had it not been for a booming point from play by Morgan in injury time, they would be rotted to the bottom of the table.

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The week prior to that he kicked an unbelievable point from play against Mayo when the game was all but gone for them.

The Edendork man has come in for his fair share of abuse from both Tyrone supporters and those outside the county, but there is no denying he has been their star man so far this campaign.

With the ‘fly-keeper’ role really beginning to take off, Morgan seems to have upped it a gear once more with his scoring exploits. Tyrone are in desperate need of a win this weekend and Morgan will be vital to the cause.


Division Two

David Tubridy (Clare)

He hit 2-7 as Clare rescued a draw with Armagh. The 31-year-old followed that up with 1-7 from play as they defeated Cork for the third time this year.

Clare are motoring well in Division Two. They currently occupy fourth position, one point of the top. The Banner men travel to Newbridge this weekend to take on a Kildare side who will be looking to bounce back from their unexpected defeat against Fermanagh.

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Clare play an expansive, quick running game which suits the deadly accurate Tubridy inside and following on from his recent injury struggles he seems to be hitting form at the right time for Colm Collins’ side.

The Banner County have a serious opportunity to get promoted to Division One. If they are to achieve what many thought impossible five years ago, then Tubridy is crucial.


Division Three

Caolan Mooney (Down)

The former Collingwood AFL player has been named vice-captain of the Down team this year following two impressive back to back seasons.

Down fell to Laois in the first game of the season, but have bounced back well with wins over Sligo and Westmeath. Mooney made his first appearance of the season against Sligo and it proved very fruitful for Paddy Tally’s men as the Rostrevor native scored 1-2 including a late winning goal.

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He started at midfield in the last round against Westmeath when Down again scored late to win it.

Being able to play anywhere from half-back to half-forward, Mooney was a prodigious talent as a youngster. The Mournemen will need him on song if they are to finish the league strong and climb back into Division Two.


Division Four

Killian Butler (London)

The Exiles picked up their first league win of the season last time out with a huge win over Wexford at McGovern Park with Butler grabbing both of London’s goals.

A native of the English capital, Butler has been in with the side since he was 18, bar a brief spell that saw him dropped from the panel.

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He has been making waves for a while now and scored five points from play in Tir Conaill Gaels championship final victory over Fulham Irish back in October.

Speaking to Malachy Clerkin of the Irish Times last year, manager, Ciarán Deely rated Butler as a potential top inter-county footballer.

“He’s now become, to my mind, a potential top inter-county player. He’s as good as anything I saw coming through as young players in Wexford in my time there.”

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