Bonus points system would’ve saved Armagh

Fermanagh — not Armagh — would have been relegated from Division 2 if a bonus points system was implemented in this year’s Allianz Football Leagues.

Kieran McGeeney’s side finished on six points along with Fermanagh, Derry and Meath but lost out on score difference, their -16 return inferior to Fermanagh (-2), Meath (-6) and Derry (-8).

However, were teams awarded a bonus point for scoring two goals and/or finishing within five points of the opposition in defeat, Armagh would have been awarded one more extra point than their Ulster counterparts, therefore finishing on 14 points with Meath, and would have avoided the drop to Division 3.

Like Fermanagh, Armagh won just two of their seven round games and neither scored more than one goal in any of their outings.

However, in all but one of their three losses the Orchard County finished within five points or less in contrast to Fermanagh, who would have picked up just one losing bonus point from their hat-trick of reverses.

Derry, largely thanks to the four occasions where they scored two goals or more, would have finished level on points with third-placed Galway, losing out to the Tribesmen on the head-to-head differentiation.

In Division 1, Donegal’s qualification for the semi-finals would have been more clear-cut as they collected one more bonus point than Mayo, Monaghan, and Cork with whom they finished on six points.

Neither the promotion nor relegation positions would have been affected by bonus points in Division 3 although there would be a reshuffle of the mid-table finishes: instead of landing fourth spot, Longford would have ended in sixth, Sligo taking their place and Tipperary moving up to fifth.

In Division 4, nothing would change for the promoted pair of Antrim and Louth but Wicklow and Carlow would have swapped positions, Wicklow jumping to fourth and Carlow dropping to fifth.


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