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Cillian O'Connor, Mayo, and Johnny Heaney, Galway, during the 2019 All Ireland SFC Qualifier at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Cillian O'Connor, Mayo, and Johnny Heaney, Galway, during the 2019 All Ireland SFC Qualifier at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Preview: Weekend's Allianz Football League Division One action


Allianz Football League Division One

Saturday October 17

Monaghan v Kerry, Inniskeen, 2pm, GAAGO

Dublin v Meath, Parnell Park, 7pm, EirSport

Sunday October 18

Galway v Mayo, Tuam Stadium, 2pm, TG4

Donegal v Tyrone, Ballybofey, 4pm, TG4

Following a seven month break, inter-county action makes a welcome return this weekend.

Interesting derbies dominate the agenda; the old western rivals, Galway and Mayo, meet at Tuam Stadium; up north in Ballybofey Donegal and Tyrone clash a fortnight before an Ulster Championship tussle; on Saturday evening Dublin's Parnell Park date with Meath should be interesting.

The other fixture involves two counties with ambitions too as Monaghan and Kerry will certainly feel that the remainder of 2020 is full of possibilities.

Retaining Division One status is Monaghan's brief, particularly with Mayo and Donegal also intent on avoiding the drop.

Kerry make the trek to Inniskeen having already collected seven points, but Peter Keane will be aware that a strong finish could yield silverware too.

Dessie Farrell has been forced to deal with retirements and players taking a break from Dublin duty, so it will be fascinating to see how the rest of the year unfolds for the standard bearers.

Declan Bonner and Mickey Harte are preparing for further interesting Donegal versus Tyrone battles.
Declan Bonner and Mickey Harte are preparing for further interesting Donegal versus Tyrone battles.

Dublin will be completely aware that a couple of victories in the remaining encounters with the Royals and Galway could be sufficient to earn League silverware, depending on results elsewhere.

That will be on Padraic Joyce's mind also as Galway host Mayo, who could be relegated if results go against them.

James Horan, though, is sure to have the green and red primed for that encounter.

Donegal and Tyrone's rivalry during the past decade has developed.

The fact that they meet in Championship fare so soon adds an extra layer of intrigue to Sunday's match.

KERRY (v Monaghan): Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Gavin White; David Moran, Diarmuid O'Connor; Micheal Burns, Sean O'Shea, Ronan Buckley; Tony Brosnan, David Clifford, Dara Moynihan.

GALWAY (v MAYO): Connor Gleeson; Conor Campbell, Sean Andy Kelly, Johnny Heaney; Liam Silke, Johnny Duane, Cillian McDaid; John Maher, Cein D’Arcy; Eamonn Brannigan, Michael Daly, Jason Leonard; Robert Finnerty, Ian Burke, Paul Conroy.

MAYO (v Galway): David Clarke; Oisin Mullin, David McBrien, Lee Keegan; Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen, Eoghan McLaughlin; Matthew Ruane, Conor Loftus; Fionn McDonagh, Mark Moran, Diarmuid O'Connor; Tommy Conroy, Aidan O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor.