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The Allianz FL Thread (Division 2, 3 & 4)

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Seeing as the bias towards division 1 is in full swing, wouldn't mind getting some thoughts/reactions to the leagues that receive less coverage. There will be some cracking games throughout Div 2, 3 and 4 as so many evenly matched teams operating out of these divisions.

I know my own county were very happy to go to Tullamore and get a win while clocking up a high scoring game. Great to see competitive matches and I really think for the 'lower' leagues this will be the case as tight affairs and some surprises will not be uncommon!

How's everyone else feeling about their countys chances outside of Division 1?

LongfordSham (Longford) - Posts: 80 - 29/01/2018 17:26:40    2072075

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Replying To LongfordSham:  "Seeing as the bias towards division 1 is in full swing, wouldn't mind getting some thoughts/reactions to the leagues that receive less coverage. There will be some cracking games throughout Div 2, 3 and 4 as so many evenly matched teams operating out of these divisions.

I know my own county were very happy to go to Tullamore and get a win while clocking up a high scoring game. Great to see competitive matches and I really think for the 'lower' leagues this will be the case as tight affairs and some surprises will not be uncommon!

How's everyone else feeling about their countys chances outside of Division 1?"
Not great after ye hammered us. You know yourself.
I don't need to vent my frustrations here. You saw it.

LooseCannon (Offaly) - Posts: 66 - 29/01/2018 17:46:53    2072082

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Replying To LooseCannon:  "Not great after ye hammered us. You know yourself.
I don't need to vent my frustrations here. You saw it."
Wallace will regret that sexy football comment now. A few of the management team are coming up from Kerry so it's going to be a costly appointment if he brings them back to D4; especially considering Wallace and a few of the players has publicly targeted promotion. I just don't think they will stay up as they haven't enough quality players. You can't be relying on a good 18 year prospect to keep you up. It will be a dogfight for them to stay up now. They will be targeting wins against Wexford and Sligo now.

Matthew (None) - Posts: 842 - 29/01/2018 17:57:54    2072092

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so far so good but it was a game we were expected to win so not getting ahead of myself

tipp11 (Tipperary) - Posts: 306 - 29/01/2018 18:32:37    2072109

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Replying To Matthew:  "Wallace will regret that sexy football comment now. A few of the management team are coming up from Kerry so it's going to be a costly appointment if he brings them back to D4; especially considering Wallace and a few of the players has publicly targeted promotion. I just don't think they will stay up as they haven't enough quality players. You can't be relying on a good 18 year prospect to keep you up. It will be a dogfight for them to stay up now. They will be targeting wins against Wexford and Sligo now."
Priority is on the Fermanagh game next Sunday, then it's another away trip to Derry. It is going to be a difficult league for Offaly.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 906 - 29/01/2018 22:49:15    2072219

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A poor day at the office for the Wee County. It is gonna be a real struggle now to stay up.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 11526 - 29/01/2018 23:03:09    2072230

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Tipp are the dark horses for promotion, before this week it was widely seen that promotion was between Roscommon Meath cork and Cavan. Tipp have beat cork and have both rossies and Meath at home in thurles win one of those home games (which I think they will) and they in driving seat. Tt

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13807 - 30/01/2018 09:52:31    2072287

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I would say it's between Down, Roscommon and Tipperary for promotion in Division 2. They look to have the strongest squads in the division. Cavan, Cork and Meath are next with Clare and Louth destined for relegation.

Division 3 is extremely tight to call. IMO whoever wins between Westmeath and Armagh this weekend will take one of the promotion places. Longford and Fermanagh should be in the shake up for promotion also. Offaly, Wexford and Sligo will struggle.

In Division 4, Laois are short favourites to bounce back but I see them slipping up to Carlow and maybe Antrim.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 661 - 30/01/2018 10:28:02    2072300

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Priority is on the Fermanagh game next Sunday, then it's another away trip to Derry. It is going to be a difficult league for Offaly."
Then a home game against a team who beat us by 30 points last year. It's going to be uphill battle to stay in Division 3 again.

PortInFaithful (Offaly) - Posts: 367 - 30/01/2018 10:36:30    2072306

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Great win for ourselves against Tyrone....

I was at the Laois v Limerick game aswell on Saturday evening and while the standard wasn't near as good Laois were well ahead of Limerick and could have won by a cricket score

BigJohn.6_8 (Galway) - Posts: 699 - 30/01/2018 13:03:56    2072380

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It was a disappointing start for Cork but Ronan McCarthy would've been pleased with some aspects of the performance from his team. We had a weakened side out - Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, Aidan Walsh, Peter Kelleher, James Loughrey among a number of players missing - against what was pretty much a full strength Tipperary. It's also worth noting that we had six debutants from the start while they had none. We played reasonably well and some of the forwards showed up brilliantly especially John O'Rourke who I think could have a big part to play this year. However the defence was all over the place, giving Quinlivan, Sweeney and McGrath too much space and they done the damage in the second half. 3-16 is a colossal score to give away - to concede 3-12 from play at this level is atrocious. I doubt Tipperary or any other team in this league will rack up a score as big as that again. I would agree with gaelicgab and say that Roscommon and Tipperary are the best prepared to get out of the division. Hopefully we can sort the Down boys out this weekend but a big ask going up to Newry. I would be banking on the Louth, Cavan and Clare games at home.

rebelrouser (Cork) - Posts: 41 - 30/01/2018 17:03:59    2072481

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Interesting how big a difference a result in your first game can be in the divisions outside of 1 can have. Win and your on the road to be promoted, lose and you're more than likely going to struggle

why (Kildare) - Posts: 142 - 30/01/2018 21:05:46    2072575

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Replying To why:  "Interesting how big a difference a result in your first game can be in the divisions outside of 1 can have. Win and your on the road to be promoted, lose and you're more than likely going to struggle"
Yep, losing your first game can put you under an awful lot of pressure to win the next game which is a quick turnaround.

Just seen Sean Powter could potentially miss the remainder of the league due to a hamstring injury. A big blow for us.

rebelrouser (Cork) - Posts: 41 - 31/01/2018 16:49:06    2072840

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Replying To PortInFaithful:  "Then a home game against a team who beat us by 30 points last year. It's going to be uphill battle to stay in Division 3 again."
It's not easy is it? 3 tough matches ahead. I hope Sunday's result was one of those bad days, and performances will improve from now on. They have to if Offaly are to avoid relegation.

I have a feeling there will be an improved display v Fermanagh.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 906 - 31/01/2018 18:21:46    2072866

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We won't know anything really until this weekend. 1st round of games you don't know how good the match ups are and where teams are at, this week we will get more of a form guide. Meath and roscommon would've been two teams id certainly have said would be both in with a chance of promotion come the last day, maybe they are out ahead still but cancelled each other out. Nobody is talking about down but maybe Louth are better than we are giving them credit for. After this weekend we will know much more.

tipp11 (Tipperary) - Posts: 306 - 01/02/2018 10:25:06    2073010

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Replying To rebelrouser:  "Yep, losing your first game can put you under an awful lot of pressure to win the next game which is a quick turnaround.

Just seen Sean Powter could potentially miss the remainder of the league due to a hamstring injury. A big blow for us."
Looks like he will miss rest of league, a huge loss for Cork, one of the best young players coming through.

seadog54 (Meath) - Posts: 1080 - 01/02/2018 19:17:39    2073202

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it will be interesting to see how tipperary get on this week vs rosscommon. at the game last week both meath and roscommon fans were talking about the tipp win the previous evening. both fans agreed it would prob be their toughest game away in thurles. now for tipperary this is a bit worrying because both meath and rosscommon are both well alive and wary of tipperary being dangerous so will be well prepared for a tough game and see a win in thurles as a bit of a scalp. this puts pressure on tipp to perform in games where they are now installed as favourites with expectation on them. this is where tipperary need to perform and move on from catching teams on the hop. so be great to see how they cope.

dickie10 (UK) - Posts: 414 - 01/02/2018 20:52:09    2073230

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Tight at the top, Meath ahead on score difference only. The trip to Cavan on Saturday is a huge game for both counties.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13807 - 04/02/2018 21:30:17    2074078

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Tight at the top, Meath ahead on score difference only. The trip to Cavan on Saturday is a huge game for both counties."
That will be an exciting local derby. Winners could be in with a chance of promotion.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 906 - 05/02/2018 11:43:59    2074215

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Division 2 as always very competitive and hard to call with top teams taking points off each other.

RoyalBadger (Meath) - Posts: 506 - 05/02/2018 11:55:33    2074221

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