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Hailstones, floodlight fail and Dubs glory - 27 of this year's best football league pictures

Some of the best images from this spring’s action.

1. The lights go out on the opening night between Tyrone and Monaghan in Omagh.

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2. The relief. Donegal’s Michael Murphy crashes a penalty off the bar and Derry’s Thomas Mallon sees his goal remain intact.

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3. Look who’s back….Tommy Walsh returns from Oz to line out for Kerry.

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4. Ouch! Mayo’s Evan Regan broke his collarbone against Kerry with this fall.

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5. Down’s late smash and grab handed them a dramatic win over Kildare.

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6. Armagh’s Jamie Clarke commiserates with Tipperary’s Alan Campbell.

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7. Diarmuid Murtagh was a happy man after this goal for Roscommon against Down.

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8. Plenty Donegal players there to try to stop Cormac Costello from netting but they don’t succeed.

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9. Fine save from Galway’s Manus Breathnach to deny Westmeath’s Ger Egan.

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10. A race for the breaking ball amongst a bunch of Tyrone and Mayo players.

Source: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

11. Dean Rock gets the vital touch to find the net against Tyrone.

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

12. Bryan Sheehan braves a hail shower against Dublin. 

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13. Kieran Donaghy has the post-match bantz with Dubs fan Gerry Gowran.

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14. Nice touch as the Cork footballers showed support for Jamie Wall who suffered a serious spinal injury last year.

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15. Mayo’s Seamus O’Shea gets back to block Dublin’s Bernard Brogan.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

16. Barry John Keane gets the vital touch to grab a goal against Donegal.

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

17. The half-time score of the infamous Dublin and Derry clash at Croke Park spoke volumes.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

18. Mayo’s David Clarke tries his best but there was no stopping Brian Hurley’s match-winning goal for Cork

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19. Kerry were glad to witness the return of the Gooch in Omagh.

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20. Denis Bastick rises high for Dublin against Monaghan.

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

21. Michael Murphy hits the deck after being challenged by Cork’s Fintan Goold.

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

22. A first win in Croke Park since 2006 for the Offaly senior footballers in the Division 4 decider.

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23. Job done in the Division 3 decider for Armagh.

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24. All smiles for Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg and Ciaran Cafferkey after their Division 2 final win.

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25. Noel Galvin and Bernard Brogan collide in the Division 1 league final.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

26. It was ultimately a bad day at the office for the Cork footballers.

Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

27. But all smiles for the Dublin footballers as they complete the three-in-a-row.

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

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