A dramatic opening weekend in the 2017 Allianz Football League was greeted with much anticipation by GAA supporter’s right across the County last weekend.
A crowd of 16,331 turned out in Kingspan Breffni Park where Dublin beat Allianz League Division 1 newcomers, Cavan. The defending Allianz League champions put down an early marker in their bid for the five-in-a-row of league titles and at this stage there are not many that would bet against Jim Gavin’s men.
The All Ireland champions won by seven points on Sunday last to take their unbeaten run in the Allianz League and Championship to an impressive 30 games.
Elsewhere in the top flight last year’s Allianz League runners-up Kerry also got off to a winning start. Roscommon and Donegal reached the semi-finalists last year but were both beaten in round one of the 2017 season. The action continues next weekend, prior to a two-week break before Round 3.
Roscommon and Donegal were both beaten in last weekend’s opening round games, making next Sunday’s clash very important. Roscommon beat Donegal by 1-19 to 0-17 last year and after Kevin McStay’s men were beaten by Tyrone last weekend in Omagah and Donegal (with the former Leitrim footballer Paul Brennan in their ranks) going down to the Munster champions Kerry there is no doubt that both sides will target Sunday’s game as a crunch encounter for the entire league season.
The biggest crowd of the weekend will be in Croke Park on Saturday for Dublin v Tyrone (football) and Dublin v Tipperary (hurling) double-header. Dublin and Tyrone got their football campaigns off to a great start last Sunday with wins over Cavan and Roscommon respectively.
This will be the first clash between Dublin and Tyrone since the 2015 Allianz League when they drew (1-9 to 0-12) in Croke Park. Dublin also won in 2014 (3-10 to 1-15). The sides clashed twice in 2013, with Tyrone winning the group game by 0-18 to 1-14 before Dublin turned the tables in the final (0-18 to 0-17).
Mayo, who have won only three of their last ten Allianz League games, head to Tralee to take on Kerry who were the Allianz League Division One’s top scorers (2-17) when beating Donegal last Sunday. Kerry beat Mayo, who lost to Monaghan last Saturday night, by 2-13 to 0-14 in last year’s Allianz League.
The Monaghan v Cavan clash will be the first Allianz League meeting between the counties since 2013 when Cavan won by 1-10 to 0-5. That was in the Allianz Football League Division 3, which underlines the much-improved fortunes for both counties in the intervening period.
The following are the confirmed times, dates and venues for next weekend’s matches:
Saturday: 7.00: Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park;
Kerry v Mayo, Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
Sunday: Monaghan v Cavan, Castleblayney 2.00;
Roscommon v Donegal, Dr. Hyde Park. 2.30.
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Here goes for round two:
John Lynch Predictions for next weekend:
Dublin to beat Tyrone
Kerry to beat Mayo
Monaghan & Cavan to draw
Roscommon to beat Donegal.
Allianz Football League Division One Results & Fixtures
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: Feb 11: Kerry v Mayo; Dublin v Tyrone; Feb 12: Roscommon v Donegal; Monaghan v Cavan.
Round 3: Feb 25: Mayo v Roscommon; Feb 26: Donegal v Dublin; Kerry v Monaghan; Tyrone v Cavan.
Round 4: Mar 4: Dublin v Mayo; Cavan v Donegal; Tyrone v Monaghan; Mar 5: Roscommon v Kerry
Round 5: Mar 18: Donegal v Tyrone; Kerry v Dublin; Mar 19: Mayo v Cavan; Monaghan v Roscommon.
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