Preview: Lidl NFL Div 1 Week 7

With the Division 1 finalists known, the attention turns to the bottom of the table. Bottom side Donegal are already in the relegation play-off. A win for Meath would secure their Division 1 status for next year. 

Cork v Meath, Sat Mar 25th, Páirc Uí Rinn, 12.45pm

Meath travel to Cork knowing a win would secure their place in Division 1 for next year. If they lose they’ll hope that Donegal defeat Mayo so they could avoid the relegation play-off.

Cork had a good win over neighbours Kerry last weekend, who did make a number of changes for the game on Leeside. It was the Rebels third win of the campaign and they’ll want to finish it off with another win.

Meath fell to a one point defeat to Waterford last weekend. The Deise got a goal in the 53rd to edge ahead and were able to hold on. The Royals ended the game with 14 players with Stacey Grimes sin binned.

Donegal v Mayo, Sun Mar 26th, Letterkenny, 2pm

A bottom of the table clash at Letterkenny. Donegal are already in the relegation play-off. Mayo can avoid the play-off if they defeat Donegal and Meath lose to Cork.

It has been a tough league campaign for Donegal. They have yet to pick up a point in the league. Last weekend they fell to a heavy defeat to Dublin. 

Despite getting off to a good start, Mayo lost to Galway last weekend by one point. Four late points for the Tribeswomen gave them the win. Mayo have been unlucky in the last few games.

Galway v Kerry, Sun Mar 26th, Tuam Stadium, 2pm

A dress rehearsal for the Division 1 final. Galway are top of the division and are unbeaten. Kerry lost their first game to Cork last weekend.

Both sides are not going to show their hands ahead of the final. Expect to see some changes to both line-ups. Kerry gave players a chance last weekend against Cork, due to having already secured their place in the final.

Galway defeated their neighbours Mayo by one point last weekend. They fell behind in the second half but four points in a row secured another win for Galway.

Dublin v Waterford, Sun Mar 26th, Parnell Park, 2pm

Both sides will want to end their campaign with a win. Dublin had a good win away to Donegal last weekend while Waterford came from behind to beat Meath.

After losing to Kerry Dublin have bounced back with two wins in a row and will be looking for number three in Parnell Park.

Waterford lost to Galway a few weeks back but showed great fightback to claim a win against the reigning All-Ireland Champions Meath last weekend. A goal from Lauren McGregor in the 53rd minute proved decisive. 

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland

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