Football review: And Then There Were 12

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And so the pecking order becomes a little bit clearer. The provincial champions and runners-up have been found, while we also have all four of our back door survivors. There are now just 12 counties left in the championship, and while some are perhaps there by dint of provincial fortune, many can feel proud of having survived until August.

Of the four provincial runners-up, Donegal are the ones who can perhaps draw the most pride from their performance. But for the final shot hitting the wrong part of someone’s shoelace, they could have been facing a replay.

We’ll get to the quarter-finals and Round 4B games closer to the time, but in the meantime, the rankings: six-goal Mayo leapfrog Donegal and now stand in third, though their ratings are almost equal and a quarter-final would beĀ very close should Donegal now overcome Galway. Galway take so many points from Derry that they switch places in 8th and 10th,

Football rankings
(w/e July 19th, 2015)
1 Dublin 1980
2 Kerry 1878
3 (+1) Mayo 1797
4 (-1) Donegal 1794
5 Cork 1753
6 Monaghan 1742
7 Tyrone 1633
8 (+2) Galway 1480
9 Kildare 1471
10 (-2) Derry 1457
11 Meath 1392
12 Armagh 1368
13 Roscommon 1365
14 Down 1310
15 (+1) Fermanagh 1253
16 (+1) Westmeath 1252
17 (+1) Cavan 1234
18 (-3) Tipperary 1233
19 Laois 1207
20 Sligo 1205
21 Longford 1091
22 Wexford 1076
23 Clare 1036
24 Louth 1021
25 Limerick 1016
26 Offaly 982
27 Antrim 934
28 Leitrim 849
29 Wicklow 761
30 Carlow 682
31 Waterford 616
32 London 563

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