Galway are still trying to defy the Ulster GAA odds in the Allianz Football League Division 2 table as Tyrone continue to reign supreme.
Tyrone are the high kings of Ulster in Division 2 as Derry became the latest to fall before them. Tyrone look good, but a question mark still remains over their attacking prowess. They are fourth in terms of points scored in the Division. And this after a nine point winning margin over Derry. They are promotion-bound but who will follow them?
In Salthill Galway must be kicking themselves after leaving victory behind them against third from bottom Meath. Although they trailed by nine points at one stage, to turn the game around and lead by three in the dying minutes must have been hard to take. Their defense is a worry. They might be second but they have the fifth worst scores against record in the Division. A nice handy encounter against relegation-threatened Armagh could seal promotion for them.
With defeat in Omagh, Derry lost sight of promotion, but will be happy that their toughest test is behind them. Next up for them is Laois and although things aren’t going as planned for the Oak Leaf County’s struggles with two defeats on the trot, they should give their promotion chances a boost with victory next week.
Perhaps the side who made the biggest impression – Tyrone aside – over the weekend are Cavan. They demolished Armagh and as highest scorers in the Division they face Fermanagh next with defeat for either team all but ruling themselves out for a promotion push. It has been a remarkable campaign for Fermanagh as they continue to progress. Considering what has happened since, they will rue that defeat to Armagh. Promotion still in reach and all but secure from relegation, it could be worse for the Ernesiders.
At the bottom Meath did themselves a favour by not giving up and salvaging a point in Galway. It should have been two, but every little helps to prevent dropping down a division. With Tyrone up next, things aren’t going to get better. With both teams below them Laois playing at home to lesser opposition, they could find themselves in the relegation zone should results go against them.
Laois and Armagh have been woeful this season. Laois showed what they could do when they pushed Tyrone, so a relegation escape is hardly out of the question. Armagh on the other hand look doomed. With Tyrone, Galway and Derry to come, they can rest assured that next season in Division 3 will be a great deal easier, unless they continue to fall far from the mark.
Cavan 3-18 : 0-10 Armagh
Tyrone 2-15 – 0-12 Derry
Fermanagh 1-17 – 0-10 Laois
Galway 0-15 – 1-12 Meath
Next Round of fixtures
12/03/16 Fermanagh v Cavan (Enniskillen)
13/03/16 Laois v Derry (Portlaoise)
13/03/16 Meath v Tyrone (Navan)
13/03/16 Armagh v Galway (Armagh)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2