Allianz FL Division 1
Dublin v Mayo, Croke Park, 7pm
Tyrone v Monaghan, Healy Park, 7pm

Allianz FL Division 2
Cork v Meath, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm

Allianz FL Division 4
Limerick v Leitrim, Kilmallock, 3pm


Allianz FL Division 1
Galway v Kerry, Tuam Stadium, 2pm
Cavan v Roscommon, Kingspan Breffni, 2.30pm

Allianz FL Division 2
Armagh v Tipperary, Athletic Grounds, 2pm
Donegal v Fermanagh, Letterkenny, 2pm
Kildare v Clare, St Conleth's Park, 2pm

Allianz FL Division 3
Longford v Down, Pearse Park, 2pm
Louth v Sligo, Gaelic Grounds, 2.30pm
Westmeath v Laois, TEG Cusack Park, 2.30pm
Offaly v Carlow, Bord na Móna O'Connor Park, 3pm

Allianz FL Division 4
Antrim v London, Corrigan Park, 1pm
Derry v Wicklow, Watty Graham Park, 2pm
Wexford v Waterford, Innovate Wexford Park, 2pm

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 6.30pm on Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday.

Live commentaries and updates on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport Extra from 6.55pm and on Sunday Sport from 2pm.

Saturday: Watch Dublin v Mayo live on eir sport 1, Tyrone v Monaghan live on eir sport 2.
Sunday: Galway v Kerry deferred showing on TG4 from 5.15pm.   

Highlights of all the weekend's action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm. 

All live games also available on GAAGO.

Saturday: On Saturday morning, rain will spread eastwards across the country and will clear in the afternoon. Sunny spells will follow from the west. Highest temperatures 11 to 13 degrees with the moderate to fresh southerly winds.
Sunday: It looks set to be a mostly dry day on Sunday with a mix of cloud and sunny intervals. A few patches of mist or drizzle about also, mainly in the south and west. Mild with highs of 11 to 14 degrees in moderate southeasterly breezes, fresher around coasts. For more go to

Old foes collide again

Mayo's new-found confidence to get first big test

Flashback to Sunday, 2 September 2012. A high-octane All-Ireland semi-final saw Mayo dethrone holders Dublin. It was the start of a modern-day rivalry involving the counties, a rivalry where the Dubs have been to the fore in subsequent league and championship meetings. The tight encounters have been reserved for August/September, with the Green and Red, apart from a draw in 2014, have failed to really impose themselves come spring time.

Are we to see a reversal of fortune this weekend? 

Horan's men sit pretty at the top of Division 1. Six points from six and seven players seeing league action for the first time are reasons to be cheerful for a Mayo side that looks well conditioned at this early stage of the season. 

There is a freshness and a hunger in the way Mayo have gone about their business so far and of the newer contingent, Brian Reape, Ciaran Treacy and Fionn McDonagh are the ones that have really stood out.

Fionn McDonogh

McDonogh and Treacy will partner Aidan O'Shea in the westerners' half-back line at Croke Park - a combination that Mayo fans are hoping goes some of the way to ensuring that they at last defeat a side managed by Jim Gavin. Yes, it's 13 games since Mayo had the bragging rights.

Did you know: It's 2006 since Mayo last won their first three Division 1 games.

James Horan was in charge in 2012 and was also on the sideline when Mayo ran riot in that year's league in Castlebar.

Overseeing a third success, though not defining in terms of what lies ahead later in the year, will end Dublin's interest in this year's competition and leave Mayo on track to contest the top-tier decider.

Horan's men impressed when dispatching Tyrone away from home three weeks ago and will need a similar drive and more if they are to garner maximum points at GAA HQ.

Last time out the performance was more workmanlike in the five-point win over Cavan. Summing up the game, James Horan did reference the "good things" his side did, but also highlighted the "daft things".

He told RTÉ Sport: "They (Cavan) had a lot of people running from defence - they caught us out a good bit.

"We got to grips with it pretty well. We were probably a bit lucky with Evan Regan's goal, a mishit shot that he followed in. In the second half we'd a lot of possession, made an awful lot of mistakes, but we kept working hard and trying to do the right thing. We got through it in the end."

"There was a ten, 15-minute period in the second half where we just kept on giving away the ball. We did a lot of good things and a lot of daft things that we'll work on." 

Did you know: The last time Dublin lost two or more games in the league regulation stage was in 2012 - they suffered four defeats in the top flight. During Jim Gavin's reign, the Dubs have lost nine of the 55 league games played so far  

Niall Morgan

Morgan's kickstart

Tyrone's season was in need of a lift as they trailed Roscommon by seven points last Sunday week. However, with assistance in the second half, they reeled in their hosts at the Hyde.

For the second game in a row, goalkeeper Niall Morgan scored from play, a glorious effort to bring his side level with three minutes remaining. 

Roscommon were awarded a scoreable free, a tap-over at that, deep into stoppage time, but the decision was reversed by referee Noel Mooney following an altercation, and the Ulster men survived.

A badly needed point for Mickey Harte's men on an afternoon when Cathal McShane shone at full-forward and Kyle Coney's introduction gave extra impetus to Tyrone's revival.

Monaghan are next up and Morgan, along with his counterpart Rory Beggan are likely to figure prominently in how the Omagh fixture pans out.  


Victories for Mayo and Kerry, coupled with Cavan defeating Roscommon, would leave the top two in pole position to reach the final. The Breffni urgently require points, while Monaghan face the prospect of a relegation scrap if they end up pointless from their trip to Healy Park.


It's's very tight. 

In the late 80s and early 90s, Cork and Meath played out some spicy battles in the heat of championship. And while the atmosphere may not be as toxic at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday, the Rebels could be facing the heat and the alarming prospect of Division 3 football in 2020.

As for the Royals, they have longed for a return to the top flight. They feel they belong there, yet the harsh reality is that the conveyor belt of talent in recent times has not produced enough good players to see them dining at the top table. 

Last summer saw Andy McEntee's side push Tyrone all the way in the championship - a sign perhaps that a real upturn is coming. They should in fact be on six points from six after a losing the initiative late on Donegal a fortnight ago in what was an 'un Meath' like performance set against the sides managed by Seán Boylan in the period mentioned above.

Divisional favourites Donegal will be looking to get back on track when Fermanagh visitor Letterkenny. The latter are unbeaten so far, though they aren't exactly keeping the scoreboard operator busy.

As reported in the Donegal Democrat this week, Donegal double All-Star goalkeeper Paul Durcan is back in training with the side

Durcan emigrated to Doha in 2015, but returned home before Christmas. The Democrat has learned that he has been training with Donegal for the last two weeks, though he is not in the squad at the moment.


Surprise leaders?? 

Before a ball was kicked, journalist Padraig O'Brien was hoping that Longford would be able to survive in this division giving the unavailability of the Mullinalghta players up to now and injuries to other key players.

The Longford Leader writer told RTÉ Sport: "We nearly got promotion last season, but I think you'll be looking at the other end of the scale this year.

"If we were at full strength I'd expect us to get promoted. We must deal with the hand we are dealt."

A glance at the table above and five points you think should be enough to keep them in the section.

Longford manager Padraig Davis

With four games to go and the Mullinalaghta contingent back can they push on and achieve promotion?

They have home advantage against a Down side who played the get-out-of jail card on successive weekends against Sligo and Westmeath to telling effect.

At the bottom of the table. Sligo could be cut adrift if the lose away to Louth - score difference of -17 tells the story of their league so far. 


The top four are in action and with Leitrim and Derry leading the way, wins for both against Limerick and Wicklow respectively could very well go along way to deciding the promoted pair.