FIXTURES

SUNDAY 30 MAY

Allianz FL Division 1 South
Galway v Dublin, St Jarlath's Park, Tuam, 3:45pm
Roscommon v Kerry, Dr Hyde Park, 3.45pm

Allianz FL Division 2 North
Mayo v Meath, Elverys MacHale Park, 1.45pm
Westmeath v Down, TEG Cusack Park, 1.45pm

Allianz FL Division 2 South
Clare v Cork, Cusack Park, 1.45pm
Laois v Kildare, MW Hire O'Moore Park, 1,45pm

Allianz FL Division 4 North
Antrim v Leitrim, Corrigan Park, 3pm
Louth v Sligo, Haggardstown, 3pm

ONLINE
Live blogs on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app.

RADIO
Live commentaries on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

TV
From 1.15pm, TG4 will have live coverage of Clare v Cork and Galway v Dublin, with a deferred showing of Roscommon v Kerry 5.35pm. All games are available to watch live on GAAGO.

Highlights on Allianz League Sunday, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player, 9.30pm.

WEATHER
Most areas will be dry and warm with good sunny spells. Highest temperatures will generally range 19 to 21 degrees Celsius, in just light southerly or variable breezes. Not quite as warm across parts of the south and west coast, but nonetheless still very mild here with above average maxima. For more go to met.ie.


FINAL ROUND PERMUTATIONS


Division 1 South - Evolving Kingdom favoured to head affairs

Two games played in the league and pundits are still recalling Kerry's loss by the Lee last November. It's the reference point to what the Green and Gold have to fix if they are to unseat the Dubs later in the year. Yes, the pair could end up in a league final, but that game will not be played on the weekend of 19/20 June as the Kingdom are in championship action the following weekend. And the traditional rivals could end up in an All-Ireland, but that's far from a certainty at this remove. A few other contenders very much in the mix.

Kerry conceded four goals against the Dubs last Sunday and so questions about their defence remain. Work on shoring things up was foremost in their thinking against Cork in that Munster semi-final. There was too much robbing Peter to pay Paul and a high cost was paid.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice spoke about "getting the balance right" on League Sunday, even though defensive frailties were still on view in the draw with Dublin.

"When Kerry get the extra bodies back, they will also keep a better shape up front. That day in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, there was a lack of shape up front. The outlet wasn't there.

"The balance is better at the moment and I think it will get better."

Peter Keane's side head to Hyde Park to take on a Roscommon side preparing for a relegation play-off.

Mathematically, Kerry could be edged out of a semi-final place if they lost heavily to the Rossies and Galway beat Dublin, but it's unlikely to happen as Kerry’s scoring difference is 13 points better than Dublin’s.

"People don't remember what happened in the leagues last year, never mind the year before. They remember the championship, how that went and how you performed"

Pádraic Joyce's Tribesmen recovered from their Tralee mauling to get the better of Roscommon. Another win over the Dubs would secure their top-flight status. Joyce, though, has championship matters very much on his mind. Avoiding a relegation scrap would be an added bonus ahead of a Connacht semi-final in early July.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "The 4th of July (against Roscommon) is what we're training for," he pointed out.

"Maybe we're doing a bit heavy training but the championship is our target. Obviously we want to stay in Division 1 as well and it's in our own hands.

"If we don't get two points next week we're into a relegation match. We don't really want to be dragged into that because then you're playing pressure football.

"But it's all about the 4 July. People don't remember what happened in the leagues last year, never mind the year before. They remember the championship, how that went and how you performed.

"That's the be all and end all for footballers."

Division 2 North - Further fine tuning ahead of must-win games

Mayo and Meath are unbeaten so far and now lock horns in Castlebar. With a promotion semi-final spot assured it's all about maintaining the winning thread ahead of a do-or-die clash with a 2 South opponent for the chance to seal an immediate return to the top flight for both counties.

Westmeath and Down gear up for their relegation semi-finals when they meet in Mullingar.

Division 2 South - Banner rising

Colm Collins is now in his eight year at the helm of the Clare footballers. In that time he has led the county to an All-Ireland quarter-final and in 2020 came close to propelling the Banner from what was a tightly packed Division 2.

Collins' side are in prime position to seal a semi-final spot against either Mayo or Meath

As on now, following on from wins over Laois and Kildare, Colllins' troops are still on the road to reach the top flight. A draw against Cork would be enough to see them head the group, but if they lose and Kildare beat Laois there would a three way tie (Clare-Cork-Kildare) at the top, in which case scoring difference would decide placings. Clare's current scoring difference is +10, with Cork on +4 and Kildare +1.

Laois need to beat Kildare to have any chance of avoiding the relegation section.

Division 4 North - Harte v McEntee

Drama aplenty in Corrigan Park last Sunday as Paddy Cunningham kicked a point at the death to give Antrim the win against Sligo and with it a promotion semi-final ticket. The Saffrons round off their regulation series with another home game against Leitrim.

All eyes then on Louth v Sligo, where Mickey Harte's side will pit his wits against Tony McEntee's troops The latter were in a good position to take the spoils against Antrim and were on course for at least pariity until Cunningham's intervention.

On score difference, a draw would be enough to maintain the Wee County's promotion prospects.

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