A better score difference sees Dublin top a tight National Football League Division 1 Table
A win and two draws has Dessie Farrell’s Dublin Senior Footballers just shading the lead in a very tight league. After three rounds plenty of drama has ensued in one of the most entertaining leagues in a number of years. And it’s setting the tone for what could be a very tight season on the whole.
Yes we know, no one wins anything in January or February. But before we know it the end of March will be upon us and the League decider will be right in front of us.
Dublin Manager Dessie Farrell, with a short turn around time before the campaign with his players, should be relatively happy with their progress. Certainly we’ve witnessed three powerful second half performances, proving Dublin still have the smarts when their backs are against the wall. And so far they’re the only Division 1 side unbeaten after three games.
They lead the pack by only a plus six score difference. Tyrone and Galway who sit directly below them sharing four league points, are on plus two and plus one respectively. With Donegal coming to Croke Park in two weeks time, and Galway and Tyrone squaring off on the same weekend it makes for very appetising football.
Thirteen Players Share The Scoring Spoils
So far in three games Dublin have registered 3-45 (54) averaging 1-15 a game. And thirteen of Dessie Farrell’s panel share the scores. Dean Rock is racing away as Dublin’s top scorer. Goals against Kerry and Mayo have helped him get to two goals and fifteen points across the trio of matches. Kevin McManamon’s late goal at the weekend against Monaghan added to points against Kerry and Mayo see him tied with Ciaran Kilkenny who has registered five scores.
Brian Fenton and James McCarthy have found the target four times. Niall Scully has scored a point a game so far, with Sean Bugler bagging three coming on as a sub at the weekend. Conor McHugh, Aaron Byrne and Dan O’Brien have all registered a brace each, with John Small, Davy Byrne and Colm Basquel finishing the list on single scores.
Dublin’s Remaining League Fixtures
Feb 22nd Dublin v Donegal
Feb 29th Tyrone v Dublin
Mar 14th Dublin v Meath
Mar 22nd Galway v Dublin
March 29th League Final (1st v 2nd)