Some fraught moments with the website (thankfully resolved, kudos to Alpha Design for keeping me in the loop), work commitments and trying to knock out a match report for the Waterford United – Cork City game meant I haven’t given much thought this weekend to the proper footballers *ducks for cover*. liogairmhordain over at boards.ie has a good assessment of the myriad possible outcomes. It’s a strange system the GAA have devised, but one can’t deny it contains the possibility for great drama. Best of luck to the footballers, the reward of survival could include clashes next year with big-ticket counties like Roscommon and Meath.
Update: of course, any sense of excitement would be predicated on Waterford winning and alas, that was not to be as they went down by a goal to Louth. It looked grim from early on when Limerick leapt into a big lead against Wexford, which meant that they’d finish ahead of Waterford due to a superior points difference. It soon became clear that our best hope was Cavan thumping Tipperary and, at the time of writing, there is some confusion as to whether that happened with SportsNews Ireland claiming Cavan won by eight . . .
. . . while Aertel says they won by three.
All a moot point now – both sites agree that Louth won – and the footballers can forget about Roscommon and Meath (not that they would have been in Division 3) and look forward to London and Kilkenny. If you have tears to shed . . .