Update 3:55 Saturday
Leinster SHC quarter-final
Dublin v Laois, Croke Park, 6pm – Sky Sports Mix Preview & Live score commentary
Allianz Football Division 1 round 7
Kerry 2-18 0-10 Donegal, Result – Preview and team news
Kerry are division one champions
Allianz Football Division 2 round 7
Cavan 0-13 1-12 Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni,ResultLive score commentary
Clare 1-13 1-18 Armagh, Cusack Parkm Result Live score commentary and team news
Kildare 0-16 0-11 Westmeath Result Live score commentary and team news –
Fermanagh 1-11 3-10 Laois, Enniskillen, Result Live score commentary and team news
Roscommon win Division Two and Armagh are promoted; Cavan and Fermanagh are relegated
Limerick and Wicklow are promotion to Division Three. Limerick win Division Four
After an exciting resumption to inter-county action last weekend, all four divisions come to their conclusion this week. Many scenarios are still in play and much is to be decided ahead of the final round of games. With no finals to be played this year, the team who finishes top of each division will be crowned champions. Whereas promotion and relegation await the top two and bottom two teams respectively across the divisions. If two teams finish on the same points, head-to-head is the deciding factor. In the event of a draw when these teams met, scoring difference will be considered. However, if 3 or more teams finish on the same points, scoring difference will be the differentiator.
Saturday 2.00: Kerry vs Donegal (Tralee). Sunday 2.00: Galway vs Dublin (Pearse Stadium), Mayo vs Tyrone (McHale Park), Monaghan vs Meath (Clones).
At the top
Four teams are in with a shout to be division one champions, and four teams could possibly be relegated. Kerry sit top of the division on 9 points, Dublin and Galway have 8 points, whereas Donegal have 7 points.
A win For Kerry against a good Donegal side on Saturday and they are champions. This would leave Galway and Dublin to play out a dead-rubber or competitive championship warm-up as the managers would say. A draw between Donegal and Kerry would put Kerry on 10 points and Galway or Dublin would join them there with a win, bringing head-to head into play (Kerry defeated Galway and drew with Dublin). A Donegal win on Saturday would make things interesting, leaving themselves and Kerry on 9 points. This would open the door for Galway or Dublin to win the Division with a victory. However, if we have a draw in Salthill all four teams would be level on 9 points and scoring difference will be the decider. At present Donegal have the best points difference of +22. In this scenario Donegal would be champions as Galway and Dublin’s points difference could not increase with a draw, and Kerry’s would decrease with a loss. Unlikely as this scenario may seem, it is possible, and all four teams have a realistic chance of winning the division.
At the bottom
Tyrone: 6 points, Mayo: 5 points, Monaghan: 5 points, Meath: 0 points.
Meath have already been relegated with no points on the board. Following a competitive performance against Dublin, they will look to restore some pride against Monaghan. A Monaghan loss will not mean relegation for them if Tyrone overcome Mayo. Monaghan defeated Mayo early in the year and as both teams would sit on 5 points Mayo would be relegated. A Monaghan win would guarantee their safety, placing them on 7 points. A draw in Clones would be enough for Monaghan should Mayo lose or draw. Tyrone travel to Castlebar knowing that a draw or win will secure their safety. There are a few possibilities in play here. However, with their lives on the line, expect Monaghan to overcome already relegated Meath. This would essentially mean that the loser in Castlebar is relegated, or Mayo in the event of a draw.
Saturday 2.00: Kildare vs Westmeath (Newbridge), Cavan vs Roscommon (Kingspan Breffni Park), Clare vs Armagh (Ennis), Fermanagh vs Laois (Enniskillen).
Roscommon: 9 points, Armagh and Westmeath: 7 points, Kildare, Cavan and Clare: 6 points, Laois: 5 points, Fermanagh: 2 points
As is always the case, Division 2 has been fiercely competitive, and it is still all to play for. Fermanagh have been relegated. Two of any 6 teams can be promoted (Roscommon, Armagh, Westmeath, Kildare, Cavan, Clare) and 7 teams can still be relegated (Fermanagh (R), Laois, Clare, Cavan, Kildare, Westmeath, Armagh. Laois will require a win against Fermanagh to stay up (or possibly a draw), this would leave any of Kildare, Cavan or Clare in big trouble should they lose. There is a scenario where a team could be relegated with seven points on the board, but a lot of results would have to play out for that.
Roscommon look likely to be promoted although are not guaranteed. Armagh or Westmeath are the most likely to join them with a win, but Kildare, Cavan and Clare are in with a shout, should results go their way. There are far too many scenarios to list out them all and calculators will likely be required on Saturday. It is great that these games get to be played at a different time to Division 1 games to allow for well-deserved coverage. Cavan vs Roscommon is live on TG4 whereas, the other 3 games will be live streamed on GAAGO.
Sunday 2.00: Longford vs Cork (CANCELLED), awarded to Cork, Louth vs Down (Drogheda), Leitrim vs Tipperary (Carrick-on-Shannon), Offaly vs Derry, Tullamore.
Cork: 14 points (Champions + promoted), Down: 9 points, Derry, Longford: 7 points, Tipperary, Offaly: 5 points, Leitrim: 3 points.
Division 3 is a lot more straightforward with Cork and Down already promoted and Louth already relegated. Down will join Cork following the walkover by Longford as they have nothing to play for. Only Derry can match down on 9 points, but, Down defeated Derry earlier in the year meaning they would be in second place based on head-to-head. Derry fans should feel disappointed following this cancellation as they would have had a chance should Longford have defeated Cork. Leitrim need a win against Tipperary to stay up. However, if Offaly lose and Leitrim win this would leave 3 teams on 5 points. Meaning the second relegated team will be decided on scoring difference. Ideally, Leitrim need Offaly to get a result meaning that only themselves and Tipperary sit on 5 points, forcing it to head-to-head where Leitrim would have the advantage. All 3 of these games are live streamed on GAAGO.
Saturday 2.00: Wexford vs Wicklow (Wexford Park), Sligo vs Limerick (Markievicz Park), Antrim vs Waterford (Portglenone)
Wicklow, Wexford, Limerick Carlow: 8 points, Antrim: 7 points, Sligo: 6 points, Waterford: 5 points, London: 0 points.
Carlow and London do not play in the final week of action due to Covid-19 restrictions, meaning Carlow are essentially out of contention. The winners of Wexford and Wicklow will be promoted. Limerick will also be promoted with a win over Sligo. Should Limerick lose and Antrim win, the Saffrons will be in contention for promotion. Sligo also possess an outside chance of promotion should results go their way. These games are once again live streamed on GAAGO
Also, up for contention this weekend is Leinster SHC Quarter-final between Dublin and Laois and Munster SHC quarter-final between Clare and Limerick. Numerous Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard, Lory Meagher, and Joe McDonagh cup games are also up for contention.