Saturday 20 January 2018

Good league for Leinster as Galway bite the dust

THE 2011 Allianz Football League has turned into an excellent campaign for Leinster, who will be represented in all four finals on the weekend after next, writesMartin Breheny.

The Division 3 final will, in fact, be an all-Leinster affair as Westmeath, who dropped from Divisions 1 to 3 in successive seasons only to clinch promotion yesterday, take on Louth.

The biggest interest will, of course, be in the Division 1 final where Dublin, who are back in the decider for the first time since 1999, take on defending League and All-Ireland champions Cork.

Galway and Monaghan drop out of the top flight and will be replaced by Laois and Donegal who edged out Derry at the top of Division 2.

Antrim and Sligo, who were promoted to Division 2 last year, drop down again and a similar fate has befallen Limerick and Waterford in Division 3 after being promoted from Division 4 last spring.

Wexford's unlucky run continues as they have missed out on promotion from Division 3 on scoring difference for a second successive year.

Division 1

Final (April 24): Cork v Dublin

Relegated: Monaghan, Galway

Division 2

Final (April 24): Donegal v Laois

(both sides promoted)

Relegated: Antrim, Sligo

Division 3

Final (April 23): Louth v Westmeath (both sides promoted)

Relegated: Limerick, Waterford

Division 4

Final (April 23): Longford v Roscommon (both sides promoted)

Irish Independent

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