2018 National Football League (Ireland)

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2018 National Football League
League details
Dates27 January – 1 April 2018
Teams32
League champions
WinnersDublin (13th win)
CaptainStephen Cluxton
ManagerJim Gavin
League runners-up
Runners-upGalway
CaptainDamien Comer
ManagerKevin Walsh
Other division winners
Division 2Roscommon
Division 3Armagh
Division 4Laois
2017
2019

The 2018 National Football League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Allianz National Football League, was the 87th staging of the National Football League (NFL), an annual Gaelic football tournament for Gaelic Athletic Association county teams. Thirty-one county teams from the island of Ireland, plus London, compete. Kilkenny do not participate.

The first six rounds in all four divisions were scheduled to have been played before 24 March 2018, allowing the final round seven matches to be played on that date. Due to poor winter weather, some fixtures in Division 2 (round 6) and Division 4 (rounds 5 and 6) had not been played by that date. The GAA decided to proceed with the final round seven matches in the four divisions before the completion of the earlier rounds. This decision proved controversial - for instance, in the rescheduled Division 2 match between Louth and Meath which was played on 31 March 2018, Meath needed to win to avoid relegation while Louth had nothing to play for as they were already relegated irrespective of the result. Meath beat Louth by 1-12 to 0-07, thereby ensuring that Down were relegated.

Eir Sport and TG4 provide live TV coverage of the league on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons respectively. The highlights programmes are RTÉ2's League Sunday on Sunday evenings and TG4's GAA 2018 on Monday evenings.

The league concluded on 1 April 2018 with Dublin defeating Galway in the division 1 final. It was their fifth Division 1 title in six years.[1][2]

Format[edit]

League structure[edit]

The 2018 National Football League consists of four divisions of eight teams. Each team plays every other team in its division once, usually four home and three away or three home and four away. Two points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw.

Teams by Province and Division
Province Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Total
Connacht 2 1 1 1 5
Leinster 2 2 4 3 11
Munster 1 3 0 2 6
Ulster 3 2 3 1 9
Britain 0 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 8 8 32

Tie-breaker[edit]

If only two teams are level on league points -

  • The team that won the head-to-head match is ranked first
  • If this game was a draw, score difference (total scored minus total conceded in all games) is used to rank the teams
  • If score difference is identical, total scored is used to rank the teams
  • If still identical, a play-off is required

If three or more teams are level on league points, score difference is used to rank the teams.

Finals, promotions and relegations[edit]

Division 1[edit]

The top two teams in Division 1 contest the National Football League final. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division 2.

Division 2, Division 3 & Division 4[edit]

The top two teams in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 are promoted and contest the finals of their respective divisions. The bottom two teams in Divisions 2 and 3 are relegated.

Division 1[edit]

Division 1 Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Colours of Galway.svg Galway 7 6 1 0 106 83 +23 13 Advance to Division 1 Final
2 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 7 5 1 1 131 99 +32 11
3 Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 7 5 0 2 106 100 +6 10
4 Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 7 4 0 3 114 98 +16 8
5 Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 7 3 0 4 114 127 −13 6
6 Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo 7 2 1 4 94 110 −16 5
7 Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 7 1 1 5 109 126 −17 3 Relegation to Division 2
8 Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 7 0 0 7 101 130 −29 0
Updated to match(es) played on 25 March 2018. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points 2) Where only two teams are level, the winner of the game between the two teams is ranked first 3) Scoring Difference 4) Highest Total Score For 5) A Play-Off.

Division 1 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Division 1 Final[edit]

Sunday, April 1
4:00 pm
Final
Dublin 0-18 – 0-14 Galway Croke Park
Attendance: 36,572
Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow)
Man of the Match: Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)
Dean Rock 0-7 (0-5f, 1 '45), Paul Mannion 0-3, Ciaran Kilkenny and Colm Basquel 0-2, Philly McMahon, John Small, Niall Scully, Eric Lowndes 0-1 each Report [1] Barry McHugh 0-6 (0-5f), Damien Comer 0-3, Johnny Heaney and Shane Walsh (0-1f) 0-2 each, Paul Conroy 0-1

Division 2[edit]

Division 2 Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 7 5 1 1 126 105 +21 11 Advance to Division 2 Final
2 Colours of Laois.svg Cavan 7 5 1 1 122 99 +23 11
3 Colours of Clare.svg Clare 7 3 2 2 101 111 −10 8
4 Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 7 3 1 3 128 106 +22 7
5 Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 7 3 1 3 126 112 +14 7
6 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 7 3 0 4 111 108 +3 6
7 Colours of Down.svg Down 7 3 0 4 100 106 −6 6 Relegation to Division 3
8 Colours of Cork.svg Louth 7 0 0 7 76 143 −67 0
Updated to match(es) played on 25 March 2018. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points 2) Where only two teams are involved, the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the competition 3) Scoring Difference 4) Highest Total Score For 5) A Play-Off.

Division 2 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Division 2 Final[edit]

Sunday, April 1
2:00 pm
Final
Roscommon 4-16 – 4-12 Cavan Croke Park
Referee: Sean Hurson (Tyrone)
Man of the Match: Conor Devaney (Kilbride)
Cathal Cregg 2-1, Niall Kilroy 1-1, Diarmiud Murtagh 0-4 (0-2f), David Murray 1-0, Conor Devaney and Donie Smith 0-3 each, Ciaran Murtagh (0-1f), Niall McInerney, Enda Smith, Ian Kilbride 0-1 each Report [2] Dara McVeety 1-3, Seanie Johnston 0-4 (0-2f), Enda Flanagan, Martin Reilly (1-0 pen), Conor Bradley 1-0 each, Raymond Galligan (1 '45), Padraig Faulkner, Ciaran Brady, Gearoid McKiernan (0-1f), Caoimhin O’Reilly (0-1f) 0-1 each

Division 3[edit]

Division 3 Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 7 5 1 1 114 81 +33 11 Advance to Division 3 Final
2 Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh 7 5 1 1 97 78 +19 11
3 Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 7 4 1 2 120 94 +26 9
4 Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 7 4 0 3 119 124 −5 8
5 Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo 7 2 2 3 96 116 −20 6
6 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 7 2 1 4 97 118 −21 5
7 Colours of Cork.svg Derry 7 2 0 5 122 126 −4 4 Relegation to Division 4
8 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 7 1 0 6 91 119 −28 2
Updated to match(es) played on 28 February 2018. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points 2) Where only two teams are involved, the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the competition 3) Scoring Difference 4) Highest Total Score For 5) A Play-Off.

Division 3 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Division 3 Final[edit]

Saturday, March 31
5.00 pm
Final
Armagh 1-16 – 0-17 Fermanagh Croke Park
Referee: James Molloy (Galway)
Man of the Match: Andrew Murnin (St Paul's Lurgan)
Andrew Murnin 1-3, Niall Grimley 0-4 (0-3f), Patrick Burns, Aidan Forker, Ryan McShane 0-2 each, Niall Rowland, Gregory McCabe, Ben Crealey 0-1 each Report Seamus Quigley 0-9f, Conall Jones 0-3, Ryan Jones 0-2, Barry Mulrone, Declan McCusker, Tomas Corrigan 0-1 each

Division 4[edit]

Division 4 Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 6 6 0 0 106 75 +31 12 Advance to Division 4 Final
2 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 7 6 0 1 115 81 +34 12
3 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 6 4 1 1 90 67 +23 9
4 Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 7 2 1 4 93 97 −4 5
5 Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 6 2 0 4 74 79 −5 4
6 Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 6 1 1 4 76 104 −28 3
7 Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 6 1 1 4 85 99 −14 3
8 Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 6 0 2 4 66 103 −37 2
Updated to match(es) played on 24 February 2018. Source: GAA.ie
Rules for classification: 1) League points 2) Where only two teams are involved, the outcome of the meeting of the two teams in the competition 3) Scoring Difference 4) Highest Total Score For 5) A Play-Off.
  • Three games (Laois v Antrim, Waterford v Leitrim and Wicklow v Limerick) were postponed due to poor weather. The CCCC decided to cancel them as the results were irrelevant to determining the league finalists. Several managers and the Gaelic Players Association criticised the decision as undermining the integrity of the division, arguing that Division 1 games would not be cancelled in the same fashion.[3][4]

Division 4 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Round 5[edit]

Not played LaoisCancelled
by the
CCCC
AntrimO'Moore Park, Portlaoise

Round 6[edit]

Round 7[edit]

Division 4 Final[edit]

Saturday, March 31
3:00 pm
Laois 0-15 – 0-11 Carlow Croke Park
Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)
Man of the Match: Graham Brody (Portlaoise)
Donie Kingston 0-5 (0-2f), Ross Munnelly 0-4 (0-2f), Eoin Lowry 0-3 (0-1f), John O'Louglin, Kieran Lillis, Alan Farrell 0-1 each Report Sean Gannon and Darragh Foley (0-1f) 0-3 each, Paul Broderick 0-2, Shane Redmond, Brendan Murphy, Sean Murphy 0-1 each

League Statistics[edit]

  • All scores correct as of 3 April 2018[5]

Top Scorer: Overall[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Gary Walsh Colours of Laois.svg Laois 4-41 53 6 8.8
2 Paul Broderick Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 2-46 52 8 6.5
3 Seamus Quigley Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh 4-37 49 7 7
4 Conor Sweeney Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 3-31 40 6 6.7
5 John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 1-36 39 6 6.5
6 Keith Beirne Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 3-28 37 5 7.4
7 Lee Brennan Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 2-30 36 7 5.1
Diarmuid Murtagh Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 3-27 36 8 4.5
9 Dean Rock Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 1-32 35 8 4.4
10 Patrick McBrearty Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 0-34 34 5 6.8
11 Nigel Dunne Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 0-32 32 7 4.6
Colm O'Neill Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2-26 32 7 4.6
13 Mark Collins Colours of Cork.svg Cork 1-28 31 7 4.4
Donie Smith Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 1-28 31 8 3.9
Robbie Smyth Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 2-25 31 7 4.4
16 Barry McHugh Colours of Galway.svg Galway 1-27 30 5 6

Top Scorer: Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Keith Beirne Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 2-08 14 Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick
2 Jason Curry Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 1-09 12 Colours of Leinster Council.svg London
3 Gary Walsh Colours of Laois.svg Laois 0-11 11 Colours of Leinster Council.svg London
Seamus Quigley Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh 1-08 11 Colours of Cork.svg Derry
Gary Walsh Colours of Laois.svg Laois 1-08 11 Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim
Liam McGrath Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 2-05 11 Colours of Cork.svg Cork
7 Patrick McBrearty Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 0-10 10 Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry
Gary Walsh Colours of Laois.svg Laois 0-10 10 Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford
Paul Broderick Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 1-07 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow
Liam Gavaghan Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 1-07 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow
John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 1-07 10 Colours of Cork.svg Derry
Conor Sweeney Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 2-04 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon

Scoring Events[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 14
  • Most goals in a match: 8
  • Most points in a match: 35
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 4
  • Highest aggregate score: 52 points
  • Lowest aggregate score: 14 points

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0401/951546-dublin-0-18-galway-0-14/
  2. ^ "Dublin defeat Galway to claim fifth Division 1 title in six seasons". Irish Examiner. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Three Division 4 league games declared null and void". 26 March 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/2372837/the-gaa-have-no-plans-to-offer-refunds-to-division-4-season-ticket-holders/
  5. ^ "Results". Hogan Stand. 3 April 2018. Archived from the original on 2016-03-20. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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