Diarmuid O'Connor, Kerry, and Stephen Coen, Mayo, in Allianz Football League action in 2020.
Diarmuid O'Connor, Kerry, and Stephen Coen, Mayo, in Allianz Football League action in 2020.

Preview: Weekend's Allianz Football League action


Allianz Football League Division One

Saturday March 12

Armagh v Kildare, Athletic Grounds, 6pm

Kerry v Mayo, Austin Stack Park, 7.30pm

Sunday March 13

Donegal v Monaghan, Páirc Seán MacCumhaill, 1.45pm

Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park, 3.45pm

With seven points already accumulated, Kerry and Mayo clash under the Saturday evening lights in Tralee.

It has been a hugely encouraging start to the competition for both counties, who will be intent on delivering another solid display.

James Horan continues to afford plenty of players opportunities as the depth of the Mayo panel remains a source of encouragement.

Kerry, though, have provided glimpses of their considerable ability in the early rounds.

Kildare, with Daniel Flynn motoring smoothly, took significant encouragement from the win over Dublin.

Jimmy Hyland, an efficient finisher, is another key performer for the Lilywhites, who know a demanding assignment awaits against Armagh.

Mayo finished strongly to defeat Armagh at Dr Hyde Park so Kieran McGeeney's charges will be anxious to summon an instant response on home turf.

Donegal's meeting with Monaghan in Ballybofey carries significant implications.

Two wins and a draw from four matches is a decent return for Donegal, but Declan Bonner will also be aware that a defeat could drag them back into a dangerous position.

Monaghan have drawn two and lost two of their four encounters so far, so this match promises to be hard fought.

Few would have predicted Dublin's surprising sequence of defeats with Dessie Farrell's team needing to conclude the competition with a string of positive results.

An away match against the All Ireland champions beckons for Dublin's blend of emerging and established players.

Tyrone require points too from their remaining three matches to avoid the drop so this should be a tasty encounter.

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce.
Galway manager Pádraic Joyce.

Allianz Football League Division Two

Saturday March 12

Down v Offaly, Páirc Esler, 5pm

Sunday March 13

Roscommon v Derry, Dr Hyde Park, 2pm

Meath v Cork, Páirc Tailteann, 2pm

Galway v Clare, Tuam Stadium, 2pm

A really interesting promotion race is unfolding as critical games are imminent.

Roscommon, Derry, and Galway will all be embroiled in a little mini league to determine who attains top flight status for 2023.

This Sunday at Dr Hyde Park Roscommon's tussle with Derry is a critical game.

The fact that Roscommon commenced the year without the St Faithleach's and Padraig Pearses players bodes well for Anthony Cunningham's panel.

New players are beginning to make a serious impact, but Derry have been enjoying a productive campaign.

Rory Gallagher has Derry moving in the right direction with vital fixtures against Roscommon and Galway set to be revealing.

At Tuam Stadium Galway, managed by Pádraic Joyce, will be eager to record a fifth win on the spin.

Damien Comer's 1-3 and Seán Kelly's enduring excellence are causes for Galwegian optimism.

Clare, though, are rugged and resourceful with Colm Collins still providing plenty of inspiration.

Saturday's game at Newry is loaded with relevance for Down and Offaly, who want to retain their place in Division Two.

Offaly enjoyed some encouraging attacking moments against Galway with Anton Sullivan scoring well following his introduction.

Meath and Cork have yet to sample victory in the competition this year so the Navan match is vital also.

Andy McEntee's Royals scrambled a late goal to draw with Offaly - it could be a priceless point.

Cork will need to be diligent defensively at Páirc Tailteann as the remaining three rounds offer an opportunity for Keith Ricken's team to develop.

Limerick manager Billy Lee.
Limerick manager Billy Lee.

Allianz Football League Division Three

Saturday March 12

Antrim v Longford, Corrigan Park, 2.30pm

Limerick v Westmeath, TUS Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

Sunday March 13

Wicklow v Laois, Aughrim, 2pm

Fermanagh v Louth, Brewster Park, 3.30pm

Three wins from four games has put Limerick into a healthy position.

The task now for Billy Lee's panel is to maintain the impressive form that has been demonstrated.

Lee deserves so much credit for the passion and perseverance demonstrated with Limerick, who are making progress.

However, Westmeath will know that an away success would firmly put them back into the promotion picture.

Division Three is always highly competitive with Antrim and Longford's meeting another important clash.

Antrim are second in the standings, only two points ahead of Longford, who are seventh.

That perfectly illustrates how fortunes can change quickly and dramatically.

Mickey Harte's Louth, with Sam Mulroy excelling, are away to Fermanagh in what should be another revealing game.

Wicklow, under Alan Costello and Gary Duffy, host Laois in Aughrim. Both counties crave points as the league enters a vital stage.

Cavan star Gearóid McKiernan.
Cavan star Gearóid McKiernan.

Allianz Football League Division Four

Sunday March 13

Sligo v London, Markievicz Park, 12pm

Carlow v Leitrim, Netwatch Cullen Park, 2pm

Wexford v Waterford, Chadwicks Wexford Park, 2pm

Cavan v Tipperary, Kingspan Breffni, 2pm

With maximum points gathered, Mickey Graham's Cavan will want to maintain their promotion push at Kingspan Breffni.

Tipperary prevailed following a chaotic match against Wexford which leaves them very much in the reckoning too.

Whoever takes the spoils at Markievicz Park will believe that Division Three status can be attained.

Sligo have enjoyed some good moments, but the losses to Tipperary and Cavan were disappointing.

For London it has been a remarkable campaign which means plaudits must go to manager Michael Maher.

Carlow host Leitrim, who remain quietly confident of launching a rally in the closing three rounds.

Waterford and Wexford meet both eager to attain some belief and confidence. Gritty performances have been produced, but points are what both counties want to secure.