Dublin defeated Galway in the 2018 Allianz Football League Final at Croke Park.
Dublin defeated Galway in the 2018 Allianz Football League Final at Croke Park.

Preview: Allianz Football League Division One


Saturday February 2

Allianz Football League Division One

Dublin v Galway, Croke Park, 7pm

Dublin's defeat in Clones means significant interest will be attached to the All Ireland champions' meeting against Galway at GAA headquarters.

While Jim Gavin's outfit produced some splendid first half football, Monaghan responded in the second period when assisted by some important substitutions.

Undoubtedly Dublin will be eager to summon an instant response against Galway, who eventually shrugged off Cavan's challenge in Salthill.

Padraic Cunningham went well in that game kicking two points and providing a pacy threat for Galway, who will be anxious to produce on the Croke Park stage.

GALWAY: Maghnus Breathnach; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O'Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O'Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Ciaran Duggan, Tom Flynn; Cillian McDaid, Peter Cooke, Johnny Heaney; Padraic Cunningham, Shane Walsh, Barry McHugh.

Sunday February 3

Cavan v Kerry, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm

Kerry did precisely what was necessary when defeating Tyrone as the mix of emerging and established players delivered.

Sean O'Shea and Dara Moynihan supplied the industry in attack, but Kerry will be content with how they restricted Tyrone throughout the game.

Mickey Graham's first League match in charge of Cavan ended in defeat against Galway in Salthill with the visitors' left to reflect on a string of costly misses late in the opening period.

Cavan will want to be more clinical on home turf and this will certainly be a good test.

CAVAN: Raymond Galligan; Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Christopher Conroy; Niall Murray, Ciaran Brady, Conor Rehill; Michael Argue, Killian Clarke; Pierce Smith, Dara McVeety, Martin Reilly; Jack Brady, Thomas Galligan, Conor Madden.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Peter Crowley, Jack Sherwood, Brian Ó Beaglaioch; Tadhg Morley, Paul Murphy, Tom O'Sullivan; Jack Barry, Adrian Spillane; Diarmuid O'Connor, Sean O'Shea, Jonathan Lyne; Killian Spillane, Paul Geaney, Stephen O'Brien.

Stephen O'Hanlon struck a goal for Monaghan against Dublin last Sunday.
Stephen O'Hanlon struck a goal for Monaghan against Dublin last Sunday.

Roscommon v Monaghan, Dr Hyde Park, 2.30pm

Buoyed up by a win over Dublin, Monaghan will hit Dr Hyde Park armed with confidence and momentum.

Roscommon were narrowly defeated by Mayo on a wretched Saturday night, but they left Castlebar hopeful about making an impact in the top tier.

In the Connacht FBD League Roscommon were steely and defiant, exactly what they will need to be against Monaghan.

Stephen O'Hanlon's cameo in Clones was noteworthy, while Conor McManus' enduring excellence ensures Roscommon must be diligent throughout.

Tyrone v Mayo, Healy Park, 2.30pm

There is no shortage of intrigue surrounding this Omagh tussle.

Tyrone lost their first League game in 2018 and ended up in an All Ireland Final so there won't be much panic following the loss down south in Kerry.

Mayo, prompted by Brian Reape's major, overcame Roscommon to put a couple of points in the account.

James Horan is likely to continue to attempt to unearth some more green and red players in the coming months, but Reape is viewed as a goalscorer with considerable potential.

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiernan McCann, Rory Brennan, Peter Harte; Brian Kennedy, Declan McClure; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Kieran McGeary; Darren McCurry, Cathal McShane, Lee Brennan.

MAYO: Robert Hennelly; Eoin O'Donoghue, Brendan Harrison, Keith Higgins; James McCormack, Lee Keegan, Paddy Durcan; Diarmuid O'Connor, Donal Vaughan; Fionn McDonagh, Aidan O'Shea, Ciaran Treacy; Conor Diskin, Brian Reape, Jason Doherty.