2009 National Football League (Ireland)

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Fireworks and lights display in Croke Park during the opening game between Dublin and Tyrone to mark the Gaelic Athletic Association's 125th anniversary

The 2009 Allianz National Football League was the Gaelic football league contested by 33 GAA counties' football teams: 32 from Ireland and one (London) from England. The tournament began with a game between Dublin and Tyrone on the 31st of January 2009 at Croke Park. The National Football league is regarded as the second most prestigious inter-county football competition (the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship being the most important).[1]

Format[edit]

The National Football League consists of four separate divisions. There are eight teams in the top three divisions and nine in Division Four. Placings are decided by:

  1. Match points (2 for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss)
  2. Scoring difference
  3. Highest score for
  4. Head-to-head result(s) between tied teams

The top two in each division play a final match to decide the division champions. The top two in divisions 2, 3 and 4 are promoted, whilst the bottom two in 1, 2 and 3 are relegated.

Tables and Finals[edit]

Division One[edit]

The Derry GAA team ahead of the 2009 National League final
Tomás Ó Sé (left, number 5) in action against Derry in the 2009 National League final
Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Kerry 7 6 1 0 8-90 2-77 +31 13
Derry 7 4 1 2 2-95 3-72 +20 9
Galway 7 4 1 2 9-79 3-83 +14 9
Mayo 7 2 3 2 4-78 3-76 +5 7
Tyrone 7 3 1 3 2-90 6-79 -1 7
Dublin 7 2 2 3 8-100 6-92 +14 6
Donegal 7 2 1 4 3-77 5-84 -13 5
Westmeath 7 0 0 7 3-59 11-105 -70 0

Final[edit]

2009
Final[2]
Kerry 1-15 – 0-15 Derry
T O Se (0-2), A O’Mahony (0-1), D Walsh (1-0), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), C Cooper (0-6, 0-3f), T Walsh (0-2), B Sheehan (0-3, 0-3f) E Lynn (0-1), P Murphy (0-1), C McKaigue (0-1); E Bradley (0-5, 0-2f), P Bradley (0-1,), M Lynch (0-4, 0-3f), J Kielt (0-1, 0-1f), S Bradley (0-1).
Croke Park

Division Two[edit]

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Monaghan 7 5 1 1 12-94 4-79 +39 11
Cork 7 5 1 1 3-101 3-66 +35 11
Kildare 7 4 2 1 6-97 5-73 +27 10
Armagh 7 4 0 3 9-81 6-85 +5 8
Meath 7 2 2 3 2-76 6-69 -5 6
Laois 7 3 0 4 5-81 8-92 -20 6
Fermanagh 7 1 1 5 7-66 2-100 -19 3
Wexford 7 0 1 6 3-69 13-101 -62 1

Final[edit]

2009 [3]
Final
Cork 1-14 – 0-12 Monaghan
G Canty (0-1), G Spillane (0-1); A O’Connor (0-1), P Kelly (0-1), P Kerrigan (0-1); J Masters (1-0), D O’Connor (0-3, 0-1 ’45, 0-1f), D Goulding (0-5, 0-1f), P O’Neill (0-1). D McArdle (0-1), C McManus (0-2, 0-1 ‘45), P Finlay (0-4, 0-2f), M Downey (0-1), T Freeman (0-4, 0-1f).


Division Three[edit]

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Down 7 5 0 2 4-97 5-72 +22 10
Tipperary 7 5 0 2 5-89 4-78 +14 10
Offaly 7 3 1 3 7-68 6-89 -18 7
Louth 7 3 0 4 6-91 5-83 11 6
Cavan 7 3 0 4 2-85 6-76 -3 6
Roscommon 7 3 0 4 3-82 2-88 -3 6
Limerick 7 3 0 4 5-66 6-74 -11 6
Longford 7 2 1 4 3-67 1-85 -12 5

Final[edit]

2009
Final[4]
Down 1-14 – 0-18 Tipperary
A Carr 0-5 (0-4f), R Murtagh 1-1, D Gordon, D Hughes 0-2 each, B McArdle, C Magee, J Boyle, C Garvey 0-1 each. B Grogan 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 pen), B Coen 0-4, J Tierney 0-3 (0-2f), B Mulvihill 0-2, D O’Brien, C Aylward, J Cagney, S Carey 0-1 each.
Pearse Stadium
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

Division Four[edit]

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Antrim 8 6 2 0 14-125 7-56 +90 14
Sligo 8 7 0 1 12-97 5-66 +52 14
Leitrim 8 5 1 2 13-89 11-68 +27 11
Waterford 8 4 1 3 9-85 1-84 +25 9
Wicklow 8 3 2 3 15-108 6-84 +51 8
Clare 8 3 0 5 14-102 6-87 +39 6
Carlow 8 3 0 5 7-93 12-86 -8 6
London 8 2 0 6 5-67 13-107 -64 4
Kilkenny 8 0 0 8 1-39 29-167 -212 0

Final[edit]

2009
Final[5]
Sligo 1-12 – 1-10 Antrim
A Marren 0-6 (0-1f), S Coen 1-2 (0-2f), A Costello, S Davey, D Kelly, G Gaughan 0-1 each. P Cunningham 0-5 (0-5f), C Close 1-0, J Loughry, T McCann (0-2 ’45) 0-2 each, M McCann 0-1.
Pearse Stadium
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Ronan (30 January 2009). "Only the league...". Gaelic Life. p. 10. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Cork 1-14 Monaghan 0-12". RTE Sport. 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

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