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how they stand

Kerry are through to the Allianz Football League (Division 1) semi-final; Tyrone to be joined by Kildare or Galway in Division 1 next year; Longford and Wexford to be promoted from Division 3; Tipperary relegated from Division 3... those are the headlines with one round, plus one backdated game, to be played.

Kerry secured a semi-final place with their fifth win from six games when beating Laois yesterday. Behind them, only three points separate the other seven counties in the group.

Mayo and Dublin meet in the re-arranged Round 2 game in Castlebar next Saturday night, with the final round to be played on Sunday week.

Tyrone clinched promotion, and a place in the Division 2 final, in five rounds and added a sixth win against Meath on Saturday.

The second promotion slot will go to either Kildare (8pts) or Galway (7pts) who meet on Sunday week. Longford (11pts) and Wexford (10pts) are sure of promotion from Division 3, irrespective of the result of their clash Sunday week, as Wexford would edge third-placed Roscommon (8pts) on the head-to-head.

In hurling, Dublin will definitely be involved in a relegation play-off in Division 1A. However, Waterford's win over Galway has given them a lifeline. If Waterford beat Dublin next Sunday and Galway lose to Kilkenny, the relegation play-off will be between Galway and Dublin. If Dublin beat -- or draw -- with Waterford, the pair will meet again in a relegation play-off.

Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary and Galway are all in contention for the three semi-final places from the group.

Clare have secured a place in the Division 1B final ahead of their final game against Offaly next Sunday and will be joined by Offaly, Limerick or Antrim. Wexford and Laois will play in the 1B relegation play-off.

Irish Independent