2017 National Football League (Ireland)

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2017 National Football League
League details
Dates 4 February to 9 April, 2017
Teams 32
League champions
Winners Kerry (20th win)
Captain Fionn Fitzgerald
Manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice
League runners-up
Runners-up Dublin
Captain Stephen Cluxton
Manager Jim Gavin
Other division winners
Division 2 Galway
Division 3 Tipperary
Division 4 Westmeath
2016
2018

The 2017 National Football League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Allianz Football League, was the 86th staging of the National Football League, 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.

On 9 April 2017 Kerry won their 20th National League title, beating Dublin by 0-20 to 1-16 in the final. Dublin were the reigning champions and were bidding for their fifth successive title.[1][2][3]

Eir Sport (formerly Setanta) and TG4 provide live coverage of the league on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons respectively. RTÉ2 broadcasts highlights programme Allianz League Sunday on Sunday evenings. TG4 broadcast the final of each division live.

Format[edit]

League structure[edit]

The 2017 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 Displayed By Province
Province Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Total
Connacht 2 1 1 1 5
Leinster 1 2 4 4 11
Munster 1 2 1 2 6
Ulster 4 3 2 0 9
Britain 0 0 0 1 1

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]

Following the decision to abolish the National Football League semi finals for 2017, 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]

  Qualify for Division 1 final   Automatic relegation to Division 2

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 7 4 3 0 6-109 4-72 43 11
Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 7 3 2 2 6-103 7-87 13 8
Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal 7 3 2 2 5-90 7-74 10 8
Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 7 3 2 2 7-79 5-82 3 8
Colours of Mayo.svg Mayo 7 4 0 3 3-90 4-90 -3 8
Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 7 3 1 3 3-87 4-81 3 7
Colours of Laois.svg Cavan 7 1 2 4 4-72 2-101 -23 4
Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon 7 1 0 6 6-85 7-128 -46 2
  • Kerry, Donegal, Monaghan and Mayo are ranked by score difference

Division 1 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Division 1 Round 1[edit]

Division 1 Round 2[edit]

Division 1 Round 3[edit]

Division 1 Round 4[edit]

Division 1 Round 5[edit]

Division 1 Round 6[edit]

Division 1 Round 7[edit]

Division 1 Final[edit]

9 April 2017
4:00 pm
Final
Kerry 0-20 - 1-16 Dublin Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 53,840
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)
Man of the Match: David Moran (Kerins O'Rahilly's)
Paul Geaney 0-8 (0-5f), David Moran 0-3 (1 '45), Michael Geaney and Donnchadh Walsh 0-2 each, Kevin McCarthy, Jack Savage, Paul Murphy, Jack Barry and Bryan Sheehan 0-1 each Report Dean Rock 0-6 (0-4f), Paul Mannion 1-2, Ciaran Kilkenny and Ciaran Reddin 0-2 each, Philly McMahon, James McCarthy, Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly 0-1 each

Division 2[edit]

Division 2 Table[edit]

  Qualify for Division 2 final and automatic promotion to Division 1   Automatic relegation to Division 3

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Colours of Galway.svg Galway 7 5 1 1 12-99 6-86 31 11
Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 7 5 0 2 11-102 3-94 32 10
Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 7 4 1 2 11-107 5-91 34 9
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 7 2 3 2 4-90 6-86 -2 7
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 7 2 1 4 9-78 6-99 -12 5
Colours of Down.svg Down 7 2 1 4 3-85 10-85 -18 5
Colours of Cork.svg Derry 7 2 1 4 8-79 11-104 -34 5
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Fermanagh 7 2 0 5 1-87 12-85 -31 4
  • Clare, Down and Derry finished on five league points and are ranked by score difference

Division 2 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Division 2 Round 1[edit]

Division 2 Round 2[edit]

Division 2 Round 3[edit]

Division 2 Round 4[edit]

Division 2 Round 5[edit]

Division 2 Round 6[edit]

Division 2 Round 7[edit]

Division 2 Final[edit]

9 April 2017
2:00 pm
Final
Galway 0-18 – 0-16 Kildare Croke Park
Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
Man of the Match: Paul Conroy (St. James')
Shane Walsh and Sean Armstrong (0-1f) 0-3 each, Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Gary O’Donnell, Paul Conroy 0-2 each, Eamonn Brannigan, Gareth Bradshaw, Liam Silke, Gary Sice (0-1f) 0-1 each Report Niall Kelly 0-5, Kevin Feely 0-4 (0-3f), Tommy Moolick, Mark Donnellan (0-1f), David Hyland, Keith Cribbin, Fergal Conway, Fionn Dowling, Cathal McNally 0-1 each

Division 3[edit]

Division 3 Table[edit]

  Qualify for Division 3 final and automatic promotion to Division 2   Automatic relegation to Division 4

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Colours of Cork.svg Louth 7 5 0 2 7-88 4-89 8 10
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 7 5 0 2 12-96 5-98 19 10
Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh 7 4 1 2 15-103 9-76 45 9
Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo 7 3 1 3 8-87 8-89 -2 7
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 7 3 0 4 7-97 18-90 -26 6
Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 7 2 1 4 4-94 10-82 -6 5
Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 7 2 1 4 4-78 6-91 -19 5
Colours of Laois.svg Laois 7 2 0 5 10-80 9-103 -20 4
  • Louth are ranked ahead of Tipperary as they won the head-to-head game between the teams
  • Longford v. Antrim was a draw so the teams are ranked by score difference

Division 3 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Division 3 Round 1[edit]

Division 3 Round 2[edit]

Division 3 Round 3[edit]

Division 3 Round 4[edit]

Division 3 Round 5[edit]

Division 3 Round 6[edit]

Division 3 Round 7[edit]

Division 3 Final[edit]

8 April 2017
5:00 pm
Final
Tipperary 3-19 – 0-19 Louth Croke Park
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)
Man of the Match: Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
Conor Sweeney 2-5 (0-3f), Liam Casey 1-1, Kevin O’Halloran (0-2f) & Michael Quinlivan (0-2f) 0-3 each, Jack Kennedy 0-2, Alan Campbell, Robbie Kiely, Josh Keane, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath 0-1 each Report Ryan Burns 0-5 (0-4f), Tommy Durnin and Jim McEneaney (0-3f) 0-3 each, Pauric Smith and Declan Byrne (0-1f) 0-2 each, Derek Maguire, Andy McDonnell, Bevan Duffy, Eoin O’Connor 0-1 each

Division 4[edit]

Division 4 Table[edit]

  Qualify for Division 4 final and automatic promotion to Division 3

Team Pld W D L F A Diff Pts
Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 7 6 1 0 13-128 5-74 78 13
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 7 5 0 2 3-85 6-92 -16 10
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 7 4 1 2 10-90 7-84 25 9
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 7 4 0 3 6-81 4-86 1 8
Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 7 4 0 3 7-98 8-90 5 8
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 7 2 0 5 6-77 9-73 -8 4
Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 7 1 0 6 3-83 8-101 -33 2
Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 7 1 0 6 6-72 8-119 -53 2
  • Limerick are ranked ahead of Leitrim as they won the head-to-head game between the teams
  • Wicklow are ranked ahead of London as they won the head-to-head game between the teams

Division 4 Rounds 1 to 7[edit]

Division 4 Round 1[edit]

Division 4 Round 2[edit]

Division 4 Round 3[edit]

Division 4 Round 4[edit]

Division 4 Round 5[edit]

Division 4 Round 6[edit]

Division 4 Round 7[edit]

Division 4 Final[edit]

8 April 2017
3:00 pm
Final
Westmeath 2-24 - 2-11 Wexford Croke Park
Referee: Paul Faloon (Down)
Man of the Match: Kieran Martin (Maryland)
John Heslin 0-8 (0-5f), Ger Egan 1-2 (1-0 pen), Shane Dempsey 1-1, Kieran Martin 0-4, Paul Sharry & Tommy McDaniels 0-3 each, John Connellan 0-2, Kelvin Reilly 0-1 Report Kevin O’Grady 1-1, Ciarán Lyng 0-4 (0-3f), Donal Shanley 1-2 (0-1f, 0-1 45), PJ Banville 0-2, Michael Furlong & Daithí Waters 0-1 each

League Statistics[edit]

  • All scores correct as of 12 April 2017[4]

Scoring Events[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 30
  • Most goals in a match: 7
  • Most points in a match: 43
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 6
  • Highest aggregate score: 51 points
  • Lowest aggregate score: 14 points

Top Scorer: Overall[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 3-60 69 8 8.6
2 Paul Geaney Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 3-42 51 8 6.4
3 Conor Sweeney Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 4-38 50 8 6.2
4 Donal Kingston Colours of Laois.svg Laois 5-34 49 7 7
5 Dean Rock Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 0-48 48 8 6
6 Paul Broderick Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 3-35 44 6 7.3
7 Robbie Smyth Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford 0-39 39 7 5.6
8 Seanie Furlong Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 1-35 38 6 6.3
Jack McCarron Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 3-29 38 6 6.3
10 Emlyn Mulligan Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim 1-33 36 7 5.1
11 E Cleary Colours of Clare.svg Clare 1-31 34 7 4.9
12 Donal Lenihan Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 2-27 33 7 4.7
13 Nigel Dunne Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 1-29 32 7 4.6
14 Rory Mason Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 1-28 31 6 5.2
Ryan Burns Colours of Cork.svg Louth 3-22 31 8 3.9

Top Scorer: Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 1-11 14 Colours of Leitrim.svg Leitrim
2 John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 1-10 13 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
Conor Sweeney Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 2-07 13 Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford
Donal Kingston Colours of Laois.svg Laois 3-04 13 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
5 Jack McCarron Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 1-09 12 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
Paul Broderick Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 2-06 12 Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford
7 Colm O'Neill Colours of Cork.svg Cork 0-11 11 Colours of Cork.svg Derry
Ben Brosnan Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 0-11 11 Colours of Leinster Council.svg London
Conor Sweeney Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 2-05 11 Colours of Cork.svg Louth
10 Paul Broderick Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 0-10 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow
John Heslin Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 0-10 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow
C J McGourty Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 1-07 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Longford
Jack McCarron Colours of Monaghan.svg Monaghan 1-07 10 Colours of Roscommon.svg Roscommon
Peter Harte Colours of Tyrone.svg Tyrone 2-04 10 Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry
Paul Geaney Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 2-04 10 Colours of Leitrim.svg Donegal
Michael Quinlivan Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 3-01 10 Colours of Armagh.svg Armagh

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kerry win Division 1 final in thriller as Kingdom end Dublin's unbeaten streak". Irish Independent. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Kerry end Dublin's run to claim league title in Croker cracker". RTE Sport. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Kerry break Dublin's blue wave". Irish Examiner. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Results". Hogan Stand. 12 April 2017. Archived from the original on 2016-03-20. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

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