Football review: All White on the Night

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Kerry remain top of the rankings after their win over Dublin in Killarney, in a game blighted by awful weather and awful indiscipline.

That same awful weather also forced the postponement of two matches in Division 2, the home matches of Galway (versus Laois) and Roscommon (versus Meath). Their hiatus meant the winners of the other two matches had a chance to leapfrog either and rise up the rankings, temporarily at least.

And what’s why Kildare’s loss at home to Westmeath is so damaging. It’s Kildare’s third loss on the bounce, but a loss at home against the lowest-rated team in the Division is even worse. After making it to the O’Byrne Cup final, Jason Ryan’s tenure is looking tough already. A relegation battle looms, and all of a sudden a Leinster opener against Laois (or maybe Carlow) looks like it could be a monumentally important day for football in the county.

Kildare’s loss sends them down three spots, with Derry’s Division 1 draw against Tyrone lifting them into 9th. Meath and Galway also benefit from Kildare’s slump, although partly because neither had the opportunity to¬†lose any points this weekend. Their games have been refixed for three weeks’ time.

If there’s still snow around by then, we’re in trouble – but given Kildare’s form thus far, other teams may not be so fearful about the sight of white.

Football rankings
(w/e March 1, 2015)
1 Kerry 1944
2 Dublin 1865
3 Mayo 1846
4 Donegal 1829
5 Cork 1721
6 Tyrone 1624
7 Monaghan 1596
8 Armagh 1505
9 (+1) Derry 1469
10 (+1) Meath 1424
11 (+1) Galway 1416
12 (-3) Kildare 1410
13 (+1) Down 1408
14 (-1) Roscommon 1375
15 Cavan 1261
16 Laois 1260
17 Tipperary 1225
18 Louth 1211
19 Westmeath 1191
20 Fermanagh 1161
21 (+1) Clare 1098
22 (-1) Wexford 1070
23 Longford 1060
24 Limerick 1000
25 Sligo 991
26 (+1) Offaly 950
27 (+1) Antrim 904
28 (-2) Wicklow 851
29 Leitrim 816
30 (+1) Carlow 704
31 (-1) Waterford 695
32 London 549
33 New York 364
34 Kilkenny 147

It’s a double weekend of League action next weekend, with full programmes in football and hurling. We’ll be back twice later in the week with previews of each.

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