It’s too early to say the league is taking shape but, that said there are a few teams who know that they need to start winning to avoid a relegation dogfight – and those who need to get a few points on the board if they are to make a promotion push.
In a bumper weekend of action that saw games in both codes across 10 divisions, here were the big talking points of the second weekend of the NFL, before teams get a well deserved weekend off.
Dublin May Never Lose Again
OK, maybe that is slightly hyperbolic, but when the Dubs trailing 1-7 to 0-5 in the latter stages of the match, and still not lose, the air of invincibility is well and truly around Jim Gavin’s men. That said, Mickey Harte will feel that if the champions are to lose their crown, the Ulster side have as good a chance as anyone to take it off them. And, besides, you want to beat them in September, not February.
Gritty Ulster Derby Ends All Square
Monaghan and Cavan played out a 0-7 all draw that didn’t set the world alight. I mentioned that Cavan were a side to watch, so if you did go to see them on Sunday, I unreservedly apologise. Like the Tyrone-Dublin game, neither side would have lost any sleep that they failed to win, but will be happy that they didn’t lose the game. The game provided further proof that nothing comes easy in Ulster football.
Clare Beat Down In Ennis
Another side on my ‘teams to watch’ were Clare. After a super 2016, the Banner are under a bit of pressure to prove that they are the real deal and didn’t get a lucky run. Doubters and supporters alike will have been impressed with their 2-11 to 0-10 win over Down, who made the long journey disappointed at their day’s work.
Meath Bounce Back With Big Win
There was a bit of excitement around the Meath footballers at the start of the year. However, expectations dampened after a 10-point defeat to Kildare in their opening game. They Royals showed good character to bounce back on Sunday with a huge 3-15 to 0-8 win over Derry to get their season well and truly underway.
Big Road Win For London
A big result came out of Division 4 with London going to Netwatch Cullen Park and leaving with the points. After drawing with favourites Westmeath in round one, Carlow felt that they could put a decent run at a top-two finish in the bottom tier. But like all sides at their level, consistency is a problem and this was personified with the loss against the Exiles.