Football review: The shock and the lightning

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So it wasn’t a classic, but was it ever going to be? It was only the first day out for Donegal and Tyrone, and with both hoping for a long summer ahead – knowing that Ulster glory would require no fewer than four wins – there was never going to be quite as much bite as a match from later in the year. But that said, it was the physical, bruising opener that the Championship might have hoped for: a sign that school’sĀ over and now it’s time for the big lads to take to the stage.

Donegal are up to 3rd on the back of their win over Tyrone, who remain in 7th; Galway’s win over Leitrim (their tenth in a row) also sees them rise two places, up to 12th. The biggest winners of the weekend, however, were Longford – whose comeback win over Offaly in Tullamore sees them rise four places to 22nd.

Incidentally, those two Ulster sides – the dastardly practitioners of negative, defensive football – in 70 rainsodden, soggy, angered minutes still managed to serve up 2-23 between them. Football’s not dead yet, folks.

Football rankings
(w/e May 17, 2015)
1 Dublin 1968
2 Kerry 1847
3 (+2) Donegal 1785
4 (-1) Mayo 1777
5 (-1) Cork 1771
6 Monaghan 1672
7 Tyrone 1583
8 Derry 1491
9 Meath 1469
10 Armagh 1449
11 Roscommon 1421
12 (+2) Galway 1401
13 (-1) Kildare 1396
14 (-1) Down 1390
15 Laois 1318
16 Cavan 1285
17 Tipperary 1241
18 Fermanagh 1184
19 (+1) Westmeath 1159
20 (-1) Sligo 1141
21 (+1) Wexford 1060
22 (+4) Longford 1056
23 Clare 1054
24 Limerick 1052
25 (-4) Louth 1021
26 (-1) Offaly 960
27 Antrim 917
28 Leitrim 874
29 Wicklow 766
30 Carlow 694
31 Waterford 655
32 London 574

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