This weekend’s Allianz Football League was highly competitive but both Dublin and Galway winning means they will now play each other in the final and Kildare look primed for relegation.
Here are our four main talking points from the weekend’s action.
4. Galway and Dublin maintained their perfect starts
The Tribesmen maintained their perfect start to Division 1 with a comfortable four-point victory over Monaghan, who were reduced to 14 men just before half-time with Fintan Kelly receiving his marching orders. Galway have now qualified for a league final with two games remaining and can have a real crack at the Dubs next weekend in Pearse Stadium.
Jim Gavin’s side sent out a message defeating the Kingdom by twelve points. One noticeable difference between the sides was the constant movement of the Dubs’ half-forward line of Niall Scully, Ciaran Kilkenny and Brian Howard. Dublin will be looking to keep their 100 per cent record alive next weekend with a trip to Galway.
This tie will be an intriguing game, with Dublin coming up against a counter-attacking set-up, which they haven’t had to deal with as of yet.
3. Mayo and Tyrone record huge wins in relegation dogfight
Mayo put in a huge display in Newbridge crusing to a comprehensive seven-point victory. Stephen Rochford will be delighted with his forward unit who racked up 1-19 and will be happy with the reigning Footballer of the Year Andy Moran who terrorised the Kildare defence.
Mickey Harte has received a lot criticism in the past. But on Saturday night Tyrone looked a side that had real pace and showed their clinical edge in front of goal. The lively wing backs of Conor Meyler and Cathal McShane ran from deep dictating the play and could be the new faces to slot into the Red Hand set-up. The Stephen O’Neill effect looks evident in Tyrone’s play and claimed a hard-fought six-point win, which moves them up to fourth in the table.
2. Meath a side which are now struggling in Division 2
The Royals were tipped for promotion but now sit in seventh in the table. Meath struggled at home on Sunday with a four point-loss over Cork and their form is a real worrying trend.
It would be a nightmare if Meath were relegated to Division 3. Andy McEntee’s side have now two must-win games.
1. Westmeath are now in a position for promotion
In Division 3 Westmeath came back from the dead this weekend. Down by four points, they pulled off a slender two-point win with John Heslin to the fore. Colin Kelly’s side have overtaken Fermanagh and pushed into second place and will be looking to secure victories over Offaly and a strong Longford team in a bid for promotion to Division 2.
This would be a huge achievement for the Lake County going from Division 4 to Division 2 in just two years.