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SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER

Allianz FL Division 1
Galway v Mayo, Tuam Stadium, 2pm 
Donegal v Tyrone, Ballybofey, 4pm

Allianz FL Division 2
Clare v Fermanagh, Cusack Park, 1pm
Kildare v Cavan, Newbridge, 2pm 

Allianz FL Division 3
Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium, 2pm

Allianz FL Division 4
Limerick v Wexford, Rathkeale, 3pm

Allianz HL Division 2A final
Antrim v Kerry, Tullamore, 1.30pm

Allianz HL Division 2B final
Down v Derry, Athletic Grounds, 2pm

Allianz HL Division 3B final
Sligo v Leitrim, Bekan, 1.30pm

ONLINE
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News App from 1pm on Sunday.

TV

Sunday: TG4 cameras will be in Tuam and Ballybofey for the top-flight encounters involving Galway-Mayo and Donegal-Tyrone. Deferred showing of Kildare v Cavan in Division 2 from approx 5.30pm.

Watch highlights of all the weekend's action on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 from 9.30pm.

  

More to watch on GAAGO

GAAGO will exclusively stream up to 23 games in the Allianz League. 

Previously available outside of Ireland only, the service will for the first time allow GAA fans at home to stream inter-county games live or on demand in 1080p HD. 

The move is a boost for supporters unable to attend matches due to Covid-19 restrictions, and ensures that they will still be able to see their teams in action. 

Games from every division of the Allianz Football League will be available on the platform, as well as finals of the Allianz Hurling League Divisions 2A, 2B and 3B.

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RADIO
Sunday Sport (2pm-6pm) on RTÉ Radio 1 will offer live commentary, analysis and reaction and all the day's events. 

WEATHER

Sunday will be rather cloudy with rain or showers at times. The rain turning persistent later on Sunday, particularly along southern coastal counties. Temperatures will range between 11 and 13 degrees during the afternoon. For more go to met.ie

Where once there was hope - not so sure now

And so we're back again. We hope. Increasing numbers and the real prospect of Level 5 restrictions places things in doubt.

On 1 May, then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was hopeful that a GAA championship would take place. A reduction in Covid numbers and the start of the club fare right around the country gave hope that we would indeed have a pre-Christmas race for provincial and All-Ireland honours.

We're not so sure now, given the rising numbers right across the island. The second wave has arrived.

A cancellation of the GAA championships, if it were to happen, would make it most unlikely that it could be staged at some point in 2021. It's more likely that leagues could be completed in the early months of next year if they were to fall foul of increased restrictions.

Decisions, no doubt for the power brokers in Croke Park, in conjunction with the Government and health authorities.

As for now, the games go ahead.   

DIVISION 1 

SATURDAY'S REPORTS AND RESULTS

What we do know is that Meath are relegated. Mayo, if they lose to Galway in Tuam, will be in danger of ending their lengthy stay in the top flight. 

As for Padraig Joyce's Tribesmen, well they were the most eye-catching prior to lockdown. Last weekend, they had Jim Guinness giving some advice in advance of the resumption. No definite word on whether it was just a one-off, but Joyce, a former college team-mate of the Donegalman told TG4: "He's the best performance coach that's in the country. He's been there and he's done it and he's very relevant to GAA as we know.

Galway lead the way in the top tier

"He's won the All-Ireland as a manager. It was a perfect fit and a no-brainer for me to be honest with you."

With Galway going for a first National League title in 39 years, Joyce will have to plan without players from county champions Moycullen after confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the club.

GALWAY XV 

Of course, Galway-Mayo could be a dress rehearsal for the Connacht final on 15 November, and the clash of Donegal-Tyrone by the banks of the River Finn is the appetiser for their Ulster quarter-final. League points, however, will be crucial for both if Mayo land the spoils in Tuam. 

Relegation worries will also concern Monaghan if they come away pointless from their Inniskeen encounter against Kerry. 

DIVISION 2

SATURDAY'S REPORTS AND RESULTS

The winner of Armagh v Roscommon will be in the box seat to secure a Division 1 ticket for next year.

In the lead-up to the resumption, much attention was on Fermanagh's request to the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) to have their game with Clare postponed on the basis of 10 players testing positive for coronavirus and a further seven panel members in isolation. Many of those players will only emerge from self-isolation on the morning of the tie in Ennis.

Fermanagh may not be at full strength heading to Clare

The Ernesiders could produce a team with several under-20 players included, knowing that a defeat will leave them relegated.

Jack O'Connor will not want to be facing into a relegation scrap in his first year in charge of Kildare. The date with Cavan in Newbridge should be spicy, as will the meeting of Westmeath and Laois in Mullingar. 

DIVISION 3

SATURDAY'S REPORTS AND RESULTS

In addition to fostering more doubt about the fate of the 2020 inter-county season, the news of Leitrim giving Down a walkover has big implications for the Division 3 table, helping Down's promotion charge, while seeing Leitrim into further relegation difficulty. 

Cork's quick escape from the third tier should be conformed with a win over Louth, an outcome that would see the Wee County relegated. After that the Rebels' focus will be on a Munster semi-final against Kerry. A match they've been planning for all year. 

Ciarán Sheehan will not be involved, however, after undergoing knee surgery. 

The 29-year-old returned to the Rebels fold earlier this year after spending six years in Australia after his hopes of becoming an AFL regular with Carlton were hampered mainly by injury.

After some impressive early outings in the League prior to lockdown, it was thought Sheehan would lead the line for Cork, but knee surgery means he will not feature.

Cork have been unbeaten so far

Rebels boss Ronan McCarthy must also plan without Tomás Clancy after the Fermoy man tore his calf and damaged his Achilles tendon on club duties earlier this month. 

Longford's promotion push wasn't helped by the Down-Leitrim news. The midlanders travel to Celtic Park, with a win required to draw level with Down on points once more. 

The outcome of the Tipperary-Offaly tie should give us a somewhat clearer, though not definite view, of who else may face the drop to the bottom tier. 

DIVISION 4

SATURDAY'S REPORTS AND RESULTS

Because of coronavirus restrictions, London are no longer involved, but five teams are still in the race for promotion. That number could be reduced after this round of games, with table-toppers Limerick hosting Wexford, now minus Paul Galvin. Wicklow welcome Antrim to Aughrim, while former Sligo boss Niall Carew, now takes charge of Carlow, who welcome the Yeatsmen to Cullen Park.