Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 12 December 2017


Leinster lead three of the four divisions, are second and third in another and fill the top four places in Division 3.

There's a high probability that Leinster will have Dublin in the Division 1 final, that they will take one of the two promotion slots from Divisions 2 and 4 and that they will fill both escape berths from Division 3.

If things really went well, Dublin would win Division 1, Kildare and Laois would be promoted from Division 2, two from Wexford, Louth, Offaly and Westmeath would make it out of Division 3, and Wicklow and Longford would emerge from Division 4.

Over-ambitious? Perhaps so but it's going to be a better league for Leinster than last year which, apart from Dublin and Wexford, was extremely disappointing.

Seven Leinster counties are doing better this year than at the same stage last season, but critics will argue that since Dublin are the only county in Division 1, it's from a low base, which many of them should not have reached.

The optimistic yield outlined earlier could, of course, turn into something much less impressive. Kildare and Laois are squeezed in between Tyrone and Donegal, with Derry also in the competitive mix in Division 2, so it's conceivable that Ulster could apply a pincer movement that would earn them both promotion places.

Still, Kildare and Laois are very much up with the pace, unlike Meath, who find themselves in the relegation zone with games against Derry (away) and Tyrone (home) to come.

It would be disastrous for Meath morale if they were to drop into Division 3, while also providing serious ammunition for those in the county who opposed the appointment of an outside manager.

Irish Independent

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