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Calling the shots

 

By Declan Bogue

ALLIANZ DIVISION ONE FINAL

DUBLIN v GALWAY

(Tomorrow, Croke Park, 4pm)

Dublin detest not picking up full points at any stage of the year and at this point, after a draw against Galway and a defeat to Monaghan, they are undergoing what passes for their standards as a bit of a crisis.

What a pity that it is merely taken as a given that Dublin will play any league game in effectively their home ground, as a Thurles date would have made it much more interesting.

But catering for the corporate crowd takes preference, of course.

VERDICT: Dublin

ALLIANZ DIVISION TWO FINAL

CAVAN v ROSCOMMON

(Tomorrow, Croke Park, 2pm)

Cavan face their bogey side Roscommon in the second tier decider.

In their previous game, Kevin McStay’s men sealed promotion at the expense of Cavan.

Both these sides could go completely experimental in this one, but perhaps the chance of silverware may sharpen Cavan appetites.

VERDICT: Cavan

ALLIANZ DIVISION THREE FINAL

ARMAGH v FERMANAGH

(Today, Croke Park, 5pm)

Both teams will make the usual noises about wanting to win silverware in Croke Park and how seldom these chances come along.

However, Rory Gallagher’s record in this kind of encounter would hold that he will not want to reveal anything Armagh could take on board before they meet in the Championship on May 19 in Brewster Park.

Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney will feel the exact same way, so this has the potential to be an open encounter, more open than their recent 0-7 apiece game in any case.

VERDICT: Armagh

ALLIANZ DIVISION FOUR FINAL

CARLOW v LAOIS

(Today, Croke Park, 3pm)

Carlow took some typically lazy flak during midweek from some of the more excitable pundits, who appear to have taken their form guide exclusively from a dead-rubber game they played last weekend against the same opposition as they meet here.

Forgetting that they are fifth-highest scorers across all four divisions and the importance of holding something back, it appears remarkably churlish.

VERDICT: Carlow

ALLIANZ DIVISION TWO

DOWN v TIPPERARY

(Today, Pairc Esler, 3pm)

After blowing the chance of promotion with Cavan’s late surge overtaking Liam Kearns’ men in Kingspan Breffni last weekend, the noises coming out of the Tipperary camp signify that they will be in experimental mode today.

However, a win for Down here will not only bring just their fifth win in three seasons of league football, but will not be enough in its own right to keep them up as radios will be pressed to ears to keep abreast of developments in Drogheda.

A dark evening awaits Down football.

VERDICT: Down

ALLIANZ DIVISION TWO

LOUTH v MEATH

(Today, Drogheda, 3pm)

WITH most local rivalries, few people care about them — but for those hard along the border, the rivalry can spill over, not least in this example such as the time Louth were robbed of the 2010 Leinster Championship with the worst refereeing decision of the century.

Meath have found a bit of form and Louth haven’t had any all year. A win here keeps Meath up.

VERDICT: Meath

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