Inter-county football returned last weekend and it was like it never left. There was no shortage of action across the country. Here is an update of how each county in Division 1 of the National Football League stands ahead of the final weekend.
Kerry jumped to the top of Division 1 with a win on the road against Monaghan. A three-point victory was a comfortable one in which Monaghan never really threatened to close an early deficit. As a result, the Ulster side are in relegation trouble going into their final game versus Meath.
On Saturday evening, Dublin returned to action at home to Meath. A possible League title in Dessie Farrell’s first stint as manager remained possible with victory in a high-scoring match. Dublin started well and opened a six-point gap that included the game’s only goal. However, Meath remained competitive and restored some pride despite their relegation already sealed.
On Sunday afternoon, Connacht rivals Galway and Mayo did battle in Tuam. Somewhat surprisingly, it was a one-sided affair in favour of the visitors. James Horan’s experimental side hit 2-17 by half-time. A further 1-6 after the break ensured a hammering on Padraig Joyce’s side. Now, Galway find themselves in third and needing favorable results if they are to win the Division. On the other hand, Mayo’s win hasn’t saved them from relegation. They need to beat Tyrone in round 7 to guarantee safety.
Finally, Donegal and Tyrone offered a glimpse of their upcoming Championship game in the League restart. Two goals early in each half went a long way in easing Donegal’s relegation concerns. It ended in a four-point win for Donegal in a game that saw neither side pull any punches despite the upcoming Championship fixture. Conor McKenna impressed in his Gaelic return. But, it was the other number 11, Niall O’Donnell, who looked more at home. Donegal should be safe in Division 1 following the result. In contrast, Tyrone vs Mayo looks likely to now be a relegation shoot-out.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 18, 2020