League: GAA - Divison 1 Football

2020 Division one Football, we have eight teams in the top division. Dublin, Kerry, Meath, Monaghan, Mayo, Galway, Tyrone and Donegal

Galway vs Mayo – Preview and live score commentary

Preview and live score commentary – The Galway vs Mayo rivalry is set to continue as both sides aim to hit the ground running with the return of the Allianz National League. Last summer, Mayo finally overcame their rivals in the final qualifying round of the Championship. Previously, Galway had defeated the Green and Reds five times in a row.

Last year, Mayo won the Allianz National League by beating Kerry in the final. However, they could not replicate their form in 2020. Currently, they sit seventh in the League and are fighting for survival. Their only victory to date was against bottom of the table Meath. A draw with Donegal was their only other source of points as losses to Dublin, Kerry, and Monaghan have left them under pressure. They need two good results against Galway and Tyrone in their remaining games to ensure Division 1 status for next year.

In contrast, Galway are in control of the League and will be looking to go on and win it. Currently, they have only lost to Kerry. Wins against Monaghan, Donegal, Tyrone, and Meath had them full of momentum. As a result, they would have been left frustrated by the suspension of inter-county action. But, without a League final this year, good results against Mayo and then Dublin could see them reigned Champions.

Reignited Rivalry

With that in mind, it is possible that Galway will line out with a full-strength squad for their restart. Padraig Joyce has impressed so far in his stint at the helm. For example, his side’s scintillating display against Tyrone in February was a masterclass in attacking football. Add that to a strong selection from impressive Club performers and Galway are the team to beat. With Corofin finally dethroned within the county, there are new stars for Joyce to choose from. If the League is to be decided in the final round against Dublin, Galway need to pick up from where they left off.

Yet, Mayo haven’t gone away despite their League position. Their win against Galway in the Championship last year would have been a big relief after a series of losses. Recent challenge wins over Donegal and Clare are a promising start for James Horan’s team. It will be interesting to see whether any of the newly-crowned Championship winners from Knockmore will receive a call-up. For instance, Darren McHale and Kieran King were particularly impressive as they defeated Breaffy to win the Moclair Cup.

Mayo face a hectic restart with their first Championship game coming on the 1st of November. They face Leitrim in the preliminary round of the Connacht Championship. On the other hand, Galway have an extra week to prepare before they face Sligo in the semi-final.

Allianz National League: Galway vs Mayo, Sunday October 18, 2pm (TG4). 

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Cillian O’Connor

Cillian O’Connor (born 1992) is a Gaelic footballer and captain for the Mayo senior team. He plays his club football for Ballintubber. O’Connor is the leading all-time top scorer in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.

Dublin v Meath – Preview and Live Score Commentary

Dublin v Meath – Preview and Live Score Commentary – The All-Ireland Champions return to inter-county action on October 17th.

Dublin vs Meath will be the only all Leinster tie in Division 1 and is a chance for both teams to get some well-needed match practice before the Championship.

Somewhat surprisingly, Dublin are in the middle of Division 1 thus far. However, they have only been beaten once. This was against Tyrone back in February. Two draws against Kerry and Monaghan have left Dessie Farrell’s team two points shy of top spot.

On the other hand, Meath look destined for relegation. So far, their five games have yielded zero points. In fact, they are probably one team who were grateful for the postponement of the League so they could regroup.

After coming up from Division 2 last year, the Royal County seem to be heading for the return journey. With Dublin and Monaghan as their remaining two League fixtures, manager Andy McEntee may decide the best option is to just focus on the coming Championship.

Meath face the winners of Wicklow and Wexford on the 8th of November in the Leinster quarter-final. Since McEntee’s side could potentially face Dublin in a Leinster final, he may opt against showing his strongest hand in the League. Instead, this could be an opportunity for new faces to earn a jersey. McEntee will have had a close eye on all the drama that occurred in the Club Championship and has plenty of options available to him.

In the same way, Farrell will likely be more concerned with the rapidly approaching Championship. After taking over from Jim Gavin, he is in the process of moulding his own team and the League is an opportunity for him to implement the changes. Farrell is well aware of the capabilities of Dublin’s major five-in-a-row contributors. Therefore, we may see the likes of Ballymun’s Paddy Small given a chance to break into the fifteen. Furthermore, youngsters such as Conor McHugh, Aaron Byrne and Sean Bugler are continuing to impress.

Allianz National League Division 1: Dublin vs Meath, Saturday October 17th, 7pm (Parnell Park).

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Monaghan v Kerry – Preview and Live Score Commentary

Preview and Live Score Commentary for Monaghan vs Kerry who kick-off proceedings. Taking place at 2pm on October 24, the game marks the return of inter-county football after almost a seven-month absence.

The game is an important one for both teams. Therefore neither will have much time to dust off the cobwebs. Monaghan sit sixth in the table. Currently, they are safe from relegation but with just two games to go they need to pick up points somewhere along the way. In contrast, Kerry remain in contention to win the League. They are just a point behind Galway at the top of table. Hence, a win in their final two games will put all the pressure on the Connacht team.

For Monaghan, victories over Mayo and Tyrone were cancelled out by losses to Galway and Donegal. However, an impressive draw to five-in-a-row All-Ireland winners Dublin has their heads above water. Likewise, Kerry drew with Dublin in GAA headquarters last January in a thrilling League opener. Since then, only a loss to Tyrone has blemished their record.

Last year’s League and Championship runners-up Kerry will have one eye on their Munster Championship semi-final on the 8th of November. Despite their promising position in the League, they will hope to go one better than last year’s final replay defeat. With that in mind, Peter Keane could use his remaining two League fixtures to experiment. For example, Dr. Crokes’ Tony Brosnan was used in the League earlier in the year and could be given another chance to impress.

Meanwhile, Monaghan will have to hit the ground running. Their Championship campaign begins on October 31st at home to Cavan. This comes after back-to-back League outings. With the Club Championship all wrapped up, Seamus McEnaney has a full contingent to choose from. Scotstown players Rory Beggan, Darren Hughes, and Conor McCarthy will be on a high from their Championship win.

Allianz National League Division 1: Monaghan vs Kerry, Saturday October 17, 2pm (Inniskeen).

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Dara Moynihan

Dara Moynihan is a Kerry footballer, he plays in the forward line and made his debut for Kerry against Waterford in 2016.

Tony Brosnan

Tony Brosnan is Kerry footballer, Brosnan plays in the forward line and made his debut against Clare in 2015.

Ronan Buckley

Ronan Buckley plays for the Kerry football team, he plays in the forwards and made his debut in 2015.

Diarmuid O’Connor Kerry

Diarmuid O’Connor is a Kerry footballer, he plays in Midfield and made his championship debut in 2019, he was minor in 2016.

Peter Crowley

Peter Crowley is a Pharmacist who plays with the Kerry Senior Football team, Crowley made his debut in against Tipperary in 2012.

Jason Foley

Jason Foley is a cornerback with the Kerry senior football team, Foley is a teacher and made his championship debut in 2018, he won a Munster title in 2019.