The final round of the football league is up for grabs this weekend and there are still many promotion and relegation issues yet to be decided. Here we take a look at what your county needs to do this weekend.
Donegal vs. Armagh, Letterkenny; Kerry vs Tyrone, Killarney; Mayo v Kildare, Carrick-on-Shannon; Monaghan vs Dublin, Clones.
Kerry: Kerry is already in the final so it remains to be seen how Jack O’Connor will capitalize on the Kingdom’s final league game against Tyrone in Killarney. They are forgiven for thinking the league decider on 3 April and Munster SFC’s semi-final against Cork just over a month later.
MAYO: Simple calculation for James Horan’s side going through to the league finals if they beat Kildare, regardless of what Armagh does due to the head-to-head rule and their victory over the Orchard.
ARMAGH: Armagh could still reach the league finals but they need to improve on Mayo’s result when they meet Donegal in Letterkenny. Should both Mayo and Armagh lose, a scenario could arise where four teams would be on seven points, bringing a point difference into play. Kieran McGeeney’s side are leaders in this regard, doing slightly better (+11) than Mayo (+6).
KILDARE: It’s still possible that Kildare will force their way to the league finals but they will be more focused on a win over Mayo that would be enough to guarantee top-flight football in 2023. Depending on results elsewhere, a draw or loss could see them suffer a third top-flight relegation since 2014.
DONEGAL: Another who can force his way into a league final but will likely have other priorities on the day. A win against Armagh guarantees survival for Donegal, but that game is complicated by the fact that they meet four weeks later in the Ulster Championship. Like Kildare, they could slip through the trapdoor in the event of a draw or loss.
Tyrone: The All Ireland Champions face a similar scenario to Kildare and Donegal as they are safe if they win at Killarney. A tie or a loss could see them go under. A point difference of -12, which is the second-worst in the league after Monaghan, could come into play.
DUBLIN: Loss to Monaghan in Clones guarantees relegation. But even if they win it may not be enough as they will go down if Kildare, Donegal and Tyrone win.
MONAGHAN: You face the same scenario as Dublin. You have to win and find favors elsewhere.
Down against Clare, Newry; Meath v Derry, Navan; Offaly v Cork, Tullamore; Roscommon vs Galway, Roscommon.
Galway: As the only team with a record 100 percent in all four divisions, Pádraic Joyce’s team has already been promoted.
ROSCOMMON: A win guarantees a return to top-flight football. They meet a Galway side who have nothing to play for on the final day but pride and they could potentially meet again in the Division 2 final a week later. A draw could also be enough as they are better off than promotion rivals Derry on the +5 points difference.
DERRY: The first thing Derry needs is a Galway win over Roscommon. After that, a win at Navan would be enough for them, while a draw would be enough for Rory Gallagher’s men should the tribe beat the Rossies by six points or more.
FLESH: Back-to-back victories over Cork and Clare mean they cannot be relegated. However, they are not in the promotional image.
CLEAR: Clare is all but certain that just a draw at Tullamore and a very tough loss to Down could see her into relegation.
CORK: A tie will be enough to keep them and avoid the Tailteann Cup soccer due to their superior points difference over Offaly.
OFFALY: Do or die things for John Maughan’s side. Just one win will do.
LOW: Down are relegated and need to go to the Ulster final to avoid the Tailteann Cup.
Antrim vs Westmeath, Antrim; Laois vs. Longford, Portlaoise; Limerick vs Fermanagh, Limerick; Wicklow vs. Louth, Aughrim.
LUEH: Mickey Harte’s men need only avoid defeat by Wicklow to secure promotion, a league last place and Sam Maguire’s football.
LIMERICK: Easy for Limerick – a win over Fermanagh and Billy Lee’s side are promoted. A draw or a loss leaves them open to missing out.
ANTRIM: You have to beat Westmeath and hope Limerick suffers a setback, but there is also a scenario that could put three teams on top with nine points (loss to Louth and a draw in Limerick) and Antrim’s points difference (+17). the healthiest in the league classification.
WESTMEATH: Similar to Antrim in that their point difference is healthy. If they could create a scenario where three teams finish with nine points, it could go in their favor. They would pass Limerick on a head-to-head basis should they win and the contract end in a tie.
FERMANAGH: The points difference seems too far behind the other contenders for a promotion spot. You can’t dismount.
Laois: Avoid losing to Longford and they’re safe. If Laois lose to Longford and beat Wicklow Louth then all three counties will end up with five points and the O’Moore’s points difference could save them.
WICKLOW: They need to beat high-flying Louth well and hope Laois lose heavily to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
LONGFORD: Must beat Laois and see Wicklow lose to Louth to avoid relegation. In this scenario, their head-to-head record against Laois would keep them going.
Carlow vs. Wexford, Carlow; Cavan vs. Waterford, Cavan; Sligo vs. Leitrim, Sligo; Tipperary v London, Thurles.
CAVAN: There is an unlikely scenario in which they could still be overtaken, but should they avoid losing to Waterford they will be promoted.
TIPPERARY: Their game against London on Saturday night has implications for the entire division. Should the Tipp men win, they will be promoted and would take Cavan with them as the Breffni men go head-to-head over both Sligo and Leitrim. Even a draw will suffice if there is no winner in Sligo.
SLIGO: They need to beat Leitrim and hope Tipp leaves the door open with a draw or a loss on Saturday night. Sligo have the best points difference in the division should it come to that.
LEITRIM: Similar to Sligo, they need to beat the Yeats men and hope Tipp makes a mistake. London, Wexford Carlow and Waterford all play for pride in the final round of regular games this weekend.
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