Monday 23 January 2017

All to play for at both ends in hurling and football leagues

Published 02/04/2016 | 02:30

Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)
Wexford manager Liam Dunne (SPORTSFILE)

No fewer than 19 counties will be battling to take semi-final places, win promotion or avoid relegation in the final round of the Allianz Football League divisional games tomorrow.

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It's a big weekend in hurling too, with quarter-finals and relegation games on the schedule.

In football, Dublin, who have qualified for the semi-finals and Down, already doomed to relegation, are the only counties in Division 1 for whom tomorrow's games have no real significance.

Roscommon and Kerry are well-primed to join Dublin in the semi-finals while there's a real scrap at the bottom of the division where Mayo and Monaghan are among the big powers in relegation trouble.

The winners of the Cavan-Galway clash will join Tyrone on the promotion trail out of Division 2 (a draw would suffice for Cavan) while Laois, Armagh, Meath and Fermanagh are in danger of relegation.

Kildare have already secured promotion from Division 3, with Clare best-placed to join them, although Longford, Offaly, Sligo and Tipperary have a chance too.

Limerick will be relegated from Division 3 while Westmeath need at least a draw from their game with Longford to have any chance of dropping from Divisions 1 to 4 in three successive seasons.

Antrim and Louth are already guaranteed to be promoted from Division 4.

All 12 Division 1 hurling counties will be in action - eight in quarter-finals and four in relegation play-offs.

The biggest crowd of the day is expected in Ennis, where Clare host Tipperary. It's Kilkenny v Offaly in Nowlan Park while the Liam Dunne controversy during the week has added to the intrigue of the Wexford v Waterford clash in Innovate Wexford Park.

This evening's Dublin v Limerick match is a repeat of last year's quarter-final, which Ger Cunningham's men won easily.

Cork or Galway will drop out of 1A after tomorrow's relegation clash, while it's Kerry v Laois in the 1B relegation play-off in Tralee. ning.

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