Donegal one victory away from promotion
There could scarcely be a more tantalising climax to the Allianz Football League title race with Derry and Tyrone very much in the mix.
Derry share top place with Cork following their fine 2-17 to 3-9 win over Kildare yesterday, a result that consigned the Lilywhites to relegation.
The promotion surge from Division Two is equally fascinating with Donegal and Monaghan now favourites to step up following Down's unexpected 1-14 to 1-11 taming by a weakened Meath side. Donegal face Armagh next Sunday and while victory would copper-fasten a place in the top bracket for Jim McGuinness's outfit, another Orchard County defeat could see them plunge into Division Three.
And while Cavan have already secured promotion from the third tier, Fermanagh can now only hope to play for further credibility as Roscommon are also promoted. Peter McGrath's side face already-relegated Offaly on Sunday hoping to secure what would be their third win on the trot having claimed the scalps of Limerick and Wexford.
Antrim, too, are striving to finish their campaign on an encouraging note, yesterday's 3-15 to 1-10 win over London providing a crumb of comfort in advance of their last fixture against Offaly which might earn them a mid-table position at best.
While the prospect of the league title coming to Ulster is still a possibility, next Sunday's fixtures programme will be followed with avid interest.
Meanwhile, Tyrone missed out on a place in the Ladies National Football League semi-finals when they fell to Dublin by 2-13 to 0-5. Monaghan, under Armagh man John Morrison, are already through to the last four while Donegal are relegated. Kerry are also in the semi-finals, to be joined by Cork or Mayo.
Results: Allianz Football League: Division One; Derry 2-17 Kildare 3-9, Cork 2-14 Tyrone 0-20. Division Two: Meath 1-14 Down 1-11, Monaghan 0-19 Laois 0-14, Galway 2-14 Armagh 1-13, Donegal 1-19 Louth 3-7. Division Three: Fermanagh 2-20 Wexford 3-8, Cavan 0-14 Roscommon 1-8. Division Four: Antrim 3-15 London 1-10.