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Calling the shots

By Declan Bogue

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

TYRONE v DUBLIN

(Saturday, Healy Park, 7.00pm)

There’s no way you can imagine anything but a seriously full-blooded effort here from Tyrone, with skin and hair flying a necessity.

You can still expect Dublin to win, but Red Hands fans will seek a performance. 

VERDICT: Dublin

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

KILDARE v MONAGHAN

(Sunday, Newbridge, 2.00pm)

For a time last Saturday night, all of 31 counties were willing Kildare to do something special as they knocked Dublin out of their stride in the league opener in Croke Park.

But then the Dubs turned on the style and coasted home. Monaghan don’t have that quality, and the home side should prevail.

VERDICT: Kildare

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

DONEGAL v GALWAY

(Sunday, Letterkenny, 2.30pm)

There was much to admire about Donegal’s performance against Kerry last weekend, and new recruit Nathan Mullins will realise there is only so much you can get away with at county level following his red card.

Galway are turning into a battle-hardened outfit, but will come up short here.

VERDICT: Donegal

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

DOWN v CORK

(Sunday, Pairc Esler, 1.30pm)

With a decent win over neighbours Louth, and Cork going down to Tipperary last weekend, Down will hope to edge out Cork after their exertions on crossing the country.

VERDICT: Down

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

CAVAN v LOUTH

(Saturday, Breffni Park, 7.00pm)

Two teams that will feel let down by their opening displays, and much to atone for.

But Cavan played their football in Division One last year, two leagues ahead of Louth. That’s got to count for something.

VERDICT: Cavan

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

FERMANAGH v OFFALY

(Sunday, Brewster Park,2.00pm)

Fermanagh could really have done with moving this game to a pitch holding up better, with Brewster Park a little on the boggy side at present.

Last Sunday was full of incident and the locals are appreciative of some of the much-needed influence of Ryan McMenamin. They should continue here.

VERDICT: Fermanagh

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

LONGFORD v DERRY

(Sunday, Pearse Park, 2.00pm)

The longest journey begins with small steps and it could be said that Derry were only really opening up their lungs for the year when they were caught by Westmeath in the opener.

Expect to see an improvement week on week as Damian McErlain begins to put his stamp on his team, still without the Slaughtneil men.

VERDICT: Longford

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

WESTMEATH v ARMAGH

(Sunday, Cusack Park, 2.30pm)

Armagh have opened their account brightly, and are coming up against a side that missed a flood of chances to knock them out of last year’s All-Ireland series.

It could be tough going for them, but they will fancy themselves nonetheless, even if some are suggesting that Cusack Park could roll out a welcome worthy of fans of Turkish football side Galatasaray themselves. 

VERDICT: Armagh

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR

WATERFORD v ANTRIM

(Sunday, WIT, 2.00pm)

Jeez, Waterford really love their football to stage a county game on a college campus.

VERDICT: Antrim

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 1B

ANTRIM v DUBLIN

(Sunday, Corrigan Park, 2.00pm)

Pat Gilroy brings his new-look Dublin side to Corrigan Park, notable in itself.

Antrim’s performance against Galway could inspire them to great heights here.

VERDICT: Antrim

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2B

DONEGAL v DERRY

(Sunday, Letterkenny, 12.30pm)

VERDICT: Donegal

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2B

ARMAGH v MAYO

(Sunday, Athletic Grounds, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Mayo

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 2B

DOWN v WICKLOW

(Sunday, Ballycran, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Down

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3A

MONAGHAN v ROSCOMMON

(Sunday, Inniskeen, 3.00pm)

VERDICT: Roscommon

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3A

LOUTH v TYRONE

(Sunday, Darver, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Tyrone

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION 3B

CAVAN v SLIGO

(Sunday, Breffni Park, 2.00pm)

VERDICT: Sligo

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