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Cavan next up for Kerry in Breffni Park 2017-03-22 22:10:00

Kerry make the long journey to Breffni Park on Sunday next for the penultimate round of the Allianz League in the knowledge that they need both points to stay in contention for a place in the Allianz League Final on April 9th. With four teams two points ahead of the Kingdom in the table, three of whom Kerry have already met, a victory on the road is a must but just as important maybe for the wearers of the green and gold is to keep up the run of good performances following two very disappointing home encounters with Mayo and Monaghan in particular. The home side will be buoyed by the fact that they lowered Mayo’s colours, and in Castlebar at that, on Sunday last and that is bound to give them confidence on their home patch.


There is no great history between these sides in recent years and last Sunday’s victory by the Breffni men was their first in Division 1 in over thirteen years. Cavan people love their football and there is sure to be a bumper attendance in Cavan for the game so Kerry will have to give another top drawer performance to guarantee them a fighting chance in their final league game against Tyrone in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday week. Sunday’s game throws in at 2pm and the referee is Maurice Deegan of Laois.


The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening at 8:30pm and posted on the Kerry GAA Website.


Kerry GAA Supporters Bus

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club head to Cavan this weekend for the Allianz League Round 6 game against the homeside. This is an overnight stay and on Saturday buses depart Farranfore at 9am, Tralee at 9:30 and Listowel at 10am.



ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: FOUR COUNTIES LEAD THE WAY IN BATTLE FOR FINAL PLACES


Saturday: Dublin v Roscommon, Croke Park 7.00.

Sunday: Tyrone v Mayo, Omagh; Donegal v Monaghan, Ballyshannon 3.00; Cavan v Kerry, Kingspan Breffni Park 2.00


There’s nothing settled yet in terms of the final or relegation places but Roscommon (0 pts) are in a perilous position at the bottom of the table, needing to beat Dublin (7pts) and Cavan (3pts) to give themselves any chance of extending their stay in the top flight for a third season.


Even if Roscommon won both of their remaining games, Mayo (4pts) would need to lose against Tyrone and Donegal to give Kevin McStay’s men a chance of staying up. Roscommon have lost their last eight Allianz League games as they head for Croke Park to take on Dublin (seeking to extend their unbeaten run to 35 games). Dublin beat Roscommon by a point in last year’s Allianz League.


Dublin, Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan are all on seven points, which makes it highly probable that the finalists will come from that quartet, although Kerry (5pts) have an outside chance.


Tyrone, who lost their first game in this Allianz Football League when going down to Donegal last Saturday, host Mayo on Sunday. Mayo beat Tyrone by a point in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final while Tyrone won the last Allianz League clash between the counties in February 2015.


Donegal and Monaghan met twice in last year’s Ulster semi-final, drawing 1-11 to 0-14 before Rory Gallagher’s men won the replay by 0-17 to 2-10. Monaghan beat Donegal by 1-10 to 1-9 in last year’s Allianz League.


Cavan’s win over Mayo last Sunday – their first in the current campaign – has boosted their prospects of survival in Allianz League Division 1 but they are still in the relegation zone so they may have to win their last two games (Kerry, Roscommon) to have a chance of achieving it.


ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2017: RESULTS & FIXTURES

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Round 1: Dublin 0-18 Cavan 0-11; Kerry 2-17 Donegal 1-17; Tyrone 0-18 Roscommon 1-9; Monaghan 1-11 Mayo 0-12.
Round 2: Mayo 0-15 Kerry 1-10; Dublin 0-10 Tyrone 1-7; Donegal 0-16 Roscommon 2-9; Monaghan 0-7 Cavan 0-7.
Round 3: Mayo 1-19 Roscommon 0-14; Donegal 2-5 Dublin 1-8; Monaghan 2-8 Kerry 1-10; Tyrone 0-19 Cavan 1-9.
Round 4: Dublin 1-16 Mayo 0-7; Donegal 1-16 Cavan 0-11; Tyrone 0-14 Monaghan 0-10; Kerry 1-19 Roscommon 1-13.
Round 5: Donegal 0-12 Tyrone 0-6; Kerry 0-13 Dublin 0-13; Cavan 1-14 Mayo 0-15; Monaghan 2-17 Roscommon 1-13.
Round 6: Mar 25: Dublin v Roscommon; Mar 26: Cavan v Kerry; Tyrone v Mayo; Donegal v Monaghan.
Round 7: Apr 2: Monaghan v Dublin; Mayo v Donegal; Kerry v Tyrone; Roscommon v Cavan.
Final: Apr 9: 1 v 2