Allianz GAA Football Roundup - Week 1 - 2020

By Jimmy Wasko
Feb. 03, 2020

The 2020 campaign of the Allianz Gaelic Athletic Association season kicked off on January 24, 2020. Below are the matchup summaries from all four divisions, including a highlight of Week 1's key matchups. Stay tuned for Week 2 coverage, coming soon!

Division 1

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Donegal 0-19 (19) - Mayo 2-13 (19)

Both clubs open the season with a tie after Mayo's James Durcan netted in the 8th minute of injury time to secure the draw. Durcan's entrance into the game proved to be a deciding factor for Mayo's comeback after Mayo went into halftime with a 0-9 to 1-4 deficit.

Notable performances: Donegal - Michael Murphy (0-8, 7f, 1'45); Mayo - James Durcan (1-3, 0-2f)

Location: MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, County Donegal

Attendance: 8,729

Referee: D. Coldrick

Dublin 1-19 (22) - Kerry 1-19 (22)

After Dublin pulled ahead after a 77th minute free kick by Dean Rock, it seemed as if Kerry had no more opportunities to come back against the All-Ireland favorites. But after Kerry's David Clifford was awarded a free kick in the dying seconds of the 80th minute, the ball sailed through to secure a draw in a thrilling opening match at Croke Park.

Notable performances: Dublin - Dean Rock (1-6, 1-0pen, 0-6f); Kerry - David Clifford (1-3, 0-2f)

Location: Croke Park, Drumcondra, Dublin

Attendance: 42,502

Referee: Sean Hurson

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tyrone 1-14 (17) - Meath 1-09 (12)

After taking a 1-5 to 1-4 lead into halftime, Tyrone found a second gear in the second half and scored 5 of the next 7 points to secure a sound win over the visiting Meath club.

Notable performances: Tyrone - Darren McCurry (1-6, 0-4f); Meath - Bryan McMahon (1-2, 0-2f)

Location: Healy Park, Omagh, County Tyrone

Attendance: 5,860

Referee: Joe McQuillan

Galway 1-14 (17) - Monaghan 0-16 (16)

After trailing by 5 points early in the second half, Monaghan stormed back to level the score. Galway resisted however and kept the pace with Monaghan before Damien Comer put in a free kick with five minutes to go to put Galway up 2 points. A late Conor McManus score put Monaghan within 1 point but Galway ended up the victor when the final whistle blew.

Notable Performances: Galway - Shane Walsh (0-6, 0-5f); Monaghan - Conor McManus (0-6, 0-2f, 1m)

Location: Pearse Stadium, Salthill, County Galway

Referee: Maurice Deegan

Standings after Week 1

Top 2 teams play in final, bottom two teams face relegation

Tyrone - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +5 pt differential

Galway - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +1 pt differential

Dublin - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Mayo - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Kerry - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Donegal - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Monaghan - 0 pt - (0-0-1), -1 pt differential

Meath - 0 pt - (0-0-1), -5 pt differential

Division 2

Armagh 2-18 (24) - Cavan 1-08 (11)

Notable Performances: Armagh - Conor Turbitt (1-6, 1m); Cavan - James Smith (1-0)

Location: Athletic Grounds, Armagh

Referee: Barry Cassidy

Westmeath 2-9 (15) - Clare 1-11 (14)

Notable Performances: Westmeath - John Heslin (0-4, 0-3f); Clare - David Tubridy (0-8, 0-7f)

Location: TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, County Westmeath

Referee: Niall Cullen

Roscommon 2-14 (20) - Laois 2-14 (20)

Notable Performances: Roscommon - Enda Smith (1-2, 1pen); Laois- Evan O'Carroll (1-6)

Location: Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon

Referee: Ciaran Branagan

Kildare 2-12 (18) - Fermanagh 0-14 (14)

Notable Performances: Kildare - Neill Flynn (0-7, 0-6f); Fermanagh - Conall Jones (0-8)

Location: St. Conleths Park, Newbridge, County Kildare

Referee: Fergal Kelly

Standings after Week 1

Top 2 teams play in final and promoted to Division 1, bottom two teams face relegation

Armagh - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +13 pt differential

Kildare - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +4 pt differential

Westmeath - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +1 pt differential

Roscommon - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Laois - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Clare - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -1 pt differential

Fermanagh - 0 pts (0-0-1), -4 pt differential

Cavan - 0 pts (0-0-1), -13 pt differential

Division 3

Derry 2-11 (17) - Leitrim 1-14 (17)

Cork 0-20 (20) - Offaly 0-13 (13)

Longford 0-16 (16) - Louth 1-10 (13)

Tipperary 0-10 (10) - Down 0-10 (10)

Standings after Week 1

Top 2 teams play in final and promoted to Division 2, bottom two teams face relegation

Cork - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +7 pt differential

Longford - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +3 pt differential

Derry - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Leitrim - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Tipperary - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Down - 1 pt - (0-1-0), 0 pt differential

Louth - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -3 pt differential

Offaly - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -7 pt differential

Division 4

Carlow 0-11 (11) - Wicklow 0-9 (9)

Waterford 0-10 (10) - Limerick 1-10 (13)

Antrim 3-10 (19) - Wexford 0-13 (13)

London 0-11 (11) - Sligo 5-8 (23)

Standings after Week 1

Top 2 teams play in final and promoted to Division 3

Sligo - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +12 pt differential

Antrim - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +6 pt differential

Limerick - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +3 pt differential

Carlow - 2 pts - (1-0-0), +2 pt differential

Wicklow - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -2 pt differential

Waterford - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -3 pt differential

Wexford - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -6 pt differential

London - 0 pts - (0-0-1), -12 pt differential

Note: All scores and recaps are sourced from Irish news sources with as much information collected to the best of my ability. Irish coverage of Divisions 3 and 4 are scarce at the current moment.