Mayo hope to stave off relegation with victory over Galway

Galway could book their place in the 2023 Lidl National League Division 1 final on Sunday – at the home of their fiercest rivals.

Victory against Mayo at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park, Castlebar, would guarantee that the Tribeswomen play already-qualified Kerry at Croke Park on Saturday, April 15.

For Mayo, this Connacht derby, which throws in at 2 p.m., is of huge significance for entirely different reasons.

Michael Moyles' charges are not safe yet in Division 1 but by the time Sunday’s fixture starts, even a point might be good enough to keep them up. That depends on how Donegal fare against Dublin tomorrow (Friday).

Failure to beat Dublin combined with Mayo picking up at least a point at home to Galway would seal Donegal’s fate.

Intriguingly, Mayo are scheduled to play Donegal in the final round of fixtures - but the outcome of the game could be academic by then.

Galway, meanwhile, know that a win will see them through to the final. The Tribeswomen have put together an unbeaten campaign to date and they’d surely like to secure that final place this weekend while also getting one over on old rivals Mayo.

If Galway do make it through, they’ll face fellow finalists Kerry in round seven before the two counties do it all over again at Croke Park next month.

Dublin still harbour slim hopes of a final place but will need to beat Donegal and hope that Galway slip up away to Mayo.

If Mayo fail to get something from Sunday's game, the game against Donegal in the final round will be a straight relegation shootout.

The Mayo team to take on Galway is as follows: L. Brennan; É. Ronayne, R. Flynn, D. Caldwell; C. Needham, F. McHale, K. Sullivan; A. Geraghty, S. Cafferky; S. Walsh, S. Howley, M. Cannon; L. Cafferky, R. Kearns, T. Needham.

The games tomorrow (St. Patrick's Day) between Donegal and Dublin at 2 p.m. and Cork and Kerry at 4 p.m. will both be broadcast live on TG4.

All other games, including the two Division 1 contests on Sunday (the aforementioned Mayo v Galway as well as Meath v Waterford), are available to view via the LGFA’s live-streaming portal.