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HECTIC PERIOD AHEAD IN ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2016-02-21 08:55:00



A look at this week’s Allianz League Games

HECTIC PERIOD AHEAD IN ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE

After a three-week break, the Allianz Football League resumes for a hectic period in which all counties will play five games between next weekend and April 3.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1: DOWN, KERRY, MAYO FACING BIG TESTS

Saturday (7.0): Dublin v Monaghan, Croke Park;
Sunday (2.0): Cork v Roscommon, Pairc Ui Rinn; Donegal v Mayo, Ballybofey; Down v Kerry, Pairc Esler.

Played 2, Lost 2. That has been the disappointing experience for Down, who came up from Division 2 this year, Kerry and Mayo, which makes their Round 3 games next weekend really crucial. Down play Kerry in Newry while Mayo travel to Ballybofey to take on Donegal.

Donegal top the table on scoring difference after beating Down and Cork by a combined total of 27 points, whereas Mayo have a points difference of -11 after losing to Cork and Dublin. Mayo and Donegal drew in last year’s Allianz Football League but the Connacht men enjoyed a comfortable victory (2-13 to 0-11) in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Down, the lowest scorers in the group so far, host Kerry, who have also made a disappointing start. The last Allianz League clash between the counties was in 2013 when Kerry won 0-11 to 1-5.

Dublin have made a great start to their bid to win the Division 1 title for a fourth successive year, beating Kerry and Mayo without conceding a goal. Monaghan, whom they play in Croke Park on Saturday, have also made an excellent start, beating Roscommon and Down. Malachy O’Rourke’s squad played Dublin twice in last year’s Allianz Football League, losing a Round 7 group game by 1-22 to 1-11 and the semi-final by 0-17 to 0-16. Dublin also beat Monaghan (2-22 to 0-11) in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final.

Cork and Roscommon have won one and lost one so far, leaving them in mid-table ahead of their clash in Pairc Ui Rinn. This will be the first Allianz League clash between the sides since 2008 when Cork won by two points in a Division 2 tie.