We have officially passed the half-way point of the 2019 Allianz Football League and the drama continues to unfold as we enter the home stretch.
Division Two and Three are still as tight as every and Leitrim and Derry continue to blitz all before them in Division Four.
With so much to pick through following yesterday’s games here are our key talking points following Round Four of the Allianz Football League.
Division One Blown Wide Open
With Cavan securing a much-needed win over Roscommon the landscape of Division One has been blown wide open.
Monaghan are currently rooted to the bottom of the division which is strange considering the beat Dublin on the opening day of the season. They’ve followed that up with three losses on the trot and now look in trouble.
Tyrone’s win over the Farney County has eased their worries, but they are still in the dogfight, while Roscommon look in trouble with Dublin the visitors next.
Galway and Dublin although occupying third and fourth position are still not out of the woods yet as only two points separate them and Monaghan at the foot of the table.
It is shaping up to be a riveting final few weeks.
Donegal’s League Not Going To Plan
Had Kevin McLoughlin not taken 13 steps in the lead-up to kick the winning score in last year’s league encounter between Donegal and Mayo, Declan Bonner’s men wouldn’t be operating in the second tier.
It was harsh on the Tir Conaill men, but every man, woman, child and dog expected them to bounce straight back up to the top division, but here we are four games down and Donegal sit fifth in the table having lost two in a row.
Donegal fell to Tipperary two weeks ago in Thurles and followed that up with a loss at home to Fermanagh yesterday which would not have been expected despite Fermanagh’s strong start.
With Armagh, Cork and Kildare still to play, Bonner’s men face an uphill battle if they are to bounce straight back into Division One.
Fermanagh’s Rise Continues
Not many would have expected to see Fermanagh on the brink of Division One at the start of this season, but here we stand with three games to go and the Erne County are the only undefeated side in an extremely tight second division.
Of course, promotion is not a foregone conclusion by any stretch of the imagination, Kildare sit one point behind them in third while Armagh and Donegal will firmly believe they still stand a chance of promotion.
None the less, the fact that Fermanagh are in the position they’re in, considering many would have predicted them for relegation, is a testament to Gallagher and his men.
The Yellowbellies sit bottom of Division Four and bottom of the nation after another horrendous defeat to Waterford.
Wexford conceded five goals yesterday in a performance that will not have pleased fans. Back-to-back defeats against London and Waterford doesn’t read well for the men from the sunny south-east.
It’s a long road back.