National Football League Division 1 & 2 Preview

Division 1

Dublin v Tyrone

Dublin v Tyrone

Tyrone are the only team to have beaten Dublin in the league.

Dublin and Tyrone have been the two form teams of Division 1 and will meet for the title of Division 1 champions tomorrow in Croke Park.  Tyrone beat Dublin by a point on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-14 when the sides met in Week 5 of the league in Croke Park.

Tyrone have adapted well to life in Division 1 and all signs point to a new and bright era emerging in Tyrone football.  The start of the Mickey Harte era began with a National League success, could history repeat itself with a league success ahead of a new chapter in Tyrone football?  Stephen O Neill has been in great form for the Ulster side and he will be key to Tyrone’s chances.

Dublin have an abundance of talent at their disposal with a healthy competition for places.  That has lead to some very good performances from the Dubs this year to date.  In their semi final win against Mayo, Mayo managed to contain Bernard Brogan but Paul Mannion and Jason Whelan put on fantastic performances.  With such a depth of forward talent Dublin will put up some big scores.

For Tyrone to win this game they will need to stop the supply of ball getting to the Dublin forwards by putting pressure on the passer.  Once Dublin have the ball inside the opposition’s 45 they are very difficult to stop, especially if given time and space.

Tyrone will succeed in making it difficult for Dublin but may come up just short in what should be an intriguing game to round of the National League.

Verdict: Dublin

Division 2

Derry v Westmeath

Derry v Westmeath

Derry beat Westmeath comfortably in Week 7 of the league.

Both sides have marched impressively to the Division 2 final.  Derry beat an already qualified Westmeath in Week 7 of the league on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-5, however as Westmeath had already qualified they tried out a number of players in this game whereas Derry needed the win to gain promotion.

That loss was Westmeath’s only loss of the league as they became the last team to lose across all four divisions.  Westmeath have come back to win a number of games, a trait that shows their never say die attitude that exists within the squad.

Derry lost their first game of the league to Galway but since then have won 5 and drawn 1 in an impressive campaign where they have racked up big score totals in every game, their lowest total being 0-14 in a nine point win over Longford.

It is the Derry scoring power that Westmeath will have to curtail to have any hope of winning this game.  If Westmeath can do that they have scoring prowess themselves with Denis Glennon being the main danger for the Leinster side.

This game will be much closer that the game between the two sides two weeks ago.  However, the outcome may be the same.

Verdict: Derry


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