Five Things to Expect : League Week Three

Things are starting to become clearer as two rounds have elapsed in the Allianz National football league.

Leitrim have won two from two, Longford have a win and a draw, Roscommon and Monaghan have one win and a defeat and Cavan suffered defeat in both their games.

We’ve seen every emotion over the last two weekends with wins and losses and we are in for another thrilling weekend.

Here’s five things you can expect from round three of the Allianz National Football league this weekend.

1.Bouncebackability

The games are coming thick and fast. This will be the third week in a row counties are in action before taking a well-earned break.

Every team suffering a setback, but can’t afford to wallow in self-pity. A victory is a precious commodity. Wins mean finals and promotions. losses mean regret and relegation.

Those defeated must bounce off the canvas and go again. A week is a long time in politics and league football!

Expect many of last weekend’s beaten teams to exact revenge on their next opponents.

2.Ryan O’Rourke

Leitrim’s Ryan O’Rourke scored 2-7 in round one and 1-3 in round two. Leitrim have impressed becoming the top scorers in the country with 4-31 over the two rounds.

The Fenagh St Cailin’s clubman with his scoring prowess could have six Antrim defenders marking the dangerman this weekend.

O’Rourke faced with such a situation could still make a winning contribution with the form he is in.

In 2018, the 20-year-old lifted the Frank Reynolds Memorial Cup as Fenagh won the Leitrim Intermediate title for the first time since 1974.

In 2019, He’s become the marquee forward for his county. The Sky’s the limit!

Goals win games and O’Rourke knows how to get them.

3.A Loyalty divided

There are times in life where you wish you could be in two places at once. A Castleblayney person might have that wish this weekend.

The Castleblayney hurlers are Croke Park bound, this Sunday afternoon. Jim Lacey’s side face Dunnamaggin in the All-Ireland junior club final.

Meanwhile Monaghan’s senior football side take on Galway in Iniskeen.

The Monaghan GAA supporter can’t go to both. The scenario highlights the plight of many sports supporters with club hurling finals and lots of Ladies football league matches taking place.

People will have to make a choice. There is not enough hours in the weekend!

4.Pitch Perfect

We heard this week Cork are heading back to Páirc Uí Rinn.

The pitch of the newly built Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be dug up and replaced after the County Board admitted the surface is unacceptable.

It was heavily criticised after cutting up during the Cork’s Footballers defeat to Kildare last Sunday.

The situation is unique to Cork, however it will point the public microscope at every ground used for the league this weekend.

Are the pitches going to be divet free and weather proof?

Will the pitch enhance or detract from a game?

5. Careful Wording of the Aftermatch

After this weekend’s matches, round three will be completed. Teams will be nearer to knowing and understanding their fate with the season ahead.

Managers will know after round three whether top of the table marches or relegation battles are in their near future. The managers will know if their team talks and tactics are kicking goals or blazing wides.

The reporters will approach the managers for post-match comments and phrases like “it’s early in the season” won’t be easily accepted.

Managers might talk cautiously to control hype or rant about their team to stir a passionate reaction from them.

The managers knows as people drive home they will be listening to the managers on the radio talking about the game.

The manager and supporters will hope that their opinions are identical thus avoiding a possible friction.