GAA | Allianz Football League talking points

Every week, Chris Coady will cast his eye over the main talking points from the weekend’s Allianz Football League fixtures.

This week, he assesses Galway’s fantastic campaign in Division 1, Westmeath’s comeback in Mullingar, Limerick’s impressive run and Louth’s struggles.


Table Topping Tribesmen

After sending Tyrone back to Ulster from their recent trip to Tuam on Sunday with a 19-point loss, and racking up a monstrous 2-25 – a score which their hurlers would even be proud of – Galway shot to the top of Division 1 via score difference just after the halfway stage of the league series.

Their only defeat came at the hands of Kerry in Killarney, which is arguably the toughest place to go out of the lot.

With Dublin, Meath and a derby clash with Mayo still to be played, they’ve definitely done themselves no harm in tackling those games on top of the league table.

Westmeath Revival

Normally when a team is eight points behind at half time in any match, you assume it’s done and dusted, but this wasn’t the case for Westmeath as they fought back remarkably to claim a draw at home to Armagh in Mullingar on Sunday.

Cusack Park was stunned into silence as the hosts trailed 1-12 to 7 points at the break, but a magnificent second half turnaround saw them salvage a draw and keep them in touching distance of Division 1 football next season.

Credit to the teams of Division 2, who are putting on an incredibly dramatic show for us all to watch closely, as Cavan top the table but only hold a point advantage over Armagh, Roscommon, Westmeath and Laois respectively.

The last three rounds in this division will be a great watch.

Limerick Living Well

Four games. Four wins. Eight points from a possible eight.

Limerick are steamrolling their way to a Croke Park appearance at the end of the league campaign.

Having put London, Waterford, Carlow (surprisingly enough), and most recently Wicklow to the sword, it’s three tough remaining fixtures against Antrim, Sligo and Wexford.

Limerick currently hold a two-point advantage over the Yellow bellies in second spot.

They join Cork as the only two teams in the country with a 100% record still intact after four tests,and despite it being Division 4 as many would say, I think it’s still a fantastic record to boast and a morale booster for the Limerick. 

Lousy Louth

The Wee county with wee points.

Louth, Meath and London are the only sides yet to register a point on the table in 2020, and with three games left it’s fair to say that Louth’s goose is well and truly cooked.

In my preview for Division 3, I wrote that “Louth gave a good account of themselves last year in Division 3 with a top half finish which would’ve surpassed some expectations, but with stronger teams dropping down into the league I can’t see them repeating this feat again”.

Looking at them this time around, its evident to see the quality of the teams dropping into the division in Cork and Tipp has had a big impact, with Cork currently occupying top spot.

Chris Coady