GAA Preview: Final round of Allianz National Football League

By William Dunne, Sub-Editor

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Dublin lead the way in this year’s National Football League on the back of a historic win over Roscommon last weekend that sees them become the first side ever to go 35 matches unbeaten.

All eight sides enter the final round of Division 1 although not in familiar circumstances as only the top two will have a chance to play for the league title as the semi-final round has been scrapped.

While Dublin sit on top and remain unbeaten they still aren’t guaranteed a spot in the final.

Monaghan v Dublin, Clones 2pm Sunday.

Monaghan have made a good account of themselves this league campaign and are just a solitary point behind the Dubs in third spot. A win for Malachy O’Rourke’s men would guarantee a top two finish and potentially rule out Dublin’s hopes of a fifth league title in a row.

Mayo v Donegal, Elverys MacHale Park 2pm Sunday.

Mayo have had an indifferent league campaign and their position in the table confirms it. They have a mathematical chance of making the top two however a lose on Sunday may see them relegated if other results don’t go their way.

Donegal, a team who many thought would struggle in their ‘transition’ period, are one win away from guaranteeing a final showdown. They have put some excellent performances together this spring and one more on Sunday will give them a chance at silverware ahead of this summer’s championship.

Kerry v Tyrone, Fitzgerald Stadium 2pm Sunday.

A massive game for both sides. Tyrone were tipped as the team who could derail the Dubs prior to the league but some lacklustre performances have seen them slip away. However a win here for Mickey Harte’s men might see them reach second while Kerry on the other hand could astonishingly face relegation.

Roscommon v Cavan, Dr. Hyde Park 2pm Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Rossies their two year stay in the top flight will come to an end on Sunday as they haven’t registered a single win so far in the league.

Cavan sit just above them in 7th place despite good results over Mayo, Kerry and Monaghan. If Cavan win on Sunday they might just stay up which will see either Kerry or Mayo playing Division 2 football next year.


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