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Every week, Chris Coady will cast his eye over the main talking points from the weekend’s Allianz Football League fixtures.
In this entry, he discusses Storm Ciara’s unwelcome arrival, Meath’s struggles in Division 1, Roscommon’s potential return to the top tier and a disappointing attendance at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The rains and high winds of Storm Ciara claimed three matches, and had a massive bearing on the matches that did (just about) take place.
On Saturday evening, Kildare made the trip to Armagh.
The high winds in the Gaelic Grounds were evident as the Lilywhites were forced to play against the conditions in the opening half, managing a solitary point in 35 minutes of football.
Elsewhere in Croker on the same night, Dublin and Monaghan couldn’t be separated on an evening where the Dublin faithful in the hill were soaked to the skin, and the goalposts swiveled and swayed as Ciara controlled the night’s proceedings.
I Meath a Hero
Meath travelled to Tyrone and came away empty handed.
Donegal came to town and conquered Navan.
In round three, Mayo arrived and took the spoils with just a two-point winning margin, leaving the Royals rock bottom of Division 1 with both of last year’s All-Ireland Finalists still to play.
They make the trip to Killarney next with zero points on the board, and having tasted defeat themselves on Sunday, it’s worrying times for Meath.
An immediate return to Division 2 is on the cards for the Royals.
It’s the Climb
Roscommon started the weekend rooted to the bottom of Division 2, despite being one of the favourites to make the league final and achieve promotion.
However, a dominant 1-08 to 0-04 win over Clare sees them climb five places to third, and gives them a positive scoring difference after three matches.
Heading to the halfway stage the Rossies leave themselves on the brink of promotion, although a tough trip to Newbridge to face Kildare next time out will test Anthony Cunningham’s men.
Are you not entertained?
Despite Cork’s very strong start to life in Division 3, Páirc Uí Chaoimh only managed to attract just shy of two thousand spectators for the Rebels’ 0-20 to 0-13 win over Offaly.
This is disappointing for a county which has a high population and a big interest in the GAA, even though the Cork hurlers have been outperforming their Gaelic counterparts in the past few seasons.
Maybe promotion back to Division 2 and another trip to the Super 8s can bring back the Cork Gaelic support?