Friday 22 September 2017

Dublin-Cork and Mayo-Donegal the pick of the All-Ireland quarter-finals

Donegal's Michael Murphy lifts the Sam Maguire Cup last year. Photo: Sportsfile
Donegal's Michael Murphy lifts the Sam Maguire Cup last year. Photo: Sportsfile

All-Ireland favourites Dublin will face Conor Counihan's Cork in Croke Park next Saturday night, while Mayo will take on Donegal in a repeat of last year's All-Ireland final the following afternoon in the pick of next weekend's All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Jim Gavin's high-octane Dublin side will have to overcome the Rebels who were narrowly beaten by Kerry in the Munster final before getting out of jail against Galway in the qualifiers today.

There has been much talk of Mayo's lack of a serious contest this year but they will certainly get one next week when the Donegal juggernaut returns to Croke Park.

In a repeat of the All-Ireland final of 1947 from the Polo Grounds in New York, Terry Hyland's Cavan will continue their fairytale summer against Munster champions Kerry in a game which will be the curtain-raiser to Donegal v Mayo on Sunday.

The first quarter-final of the weekend, on Saturday evening, is the all-Ulster clash between provincial champions Monaghan and Mickey Harte's Tyrone, conquerors of Meath.

The winners of the quarter-finals involving Monaghan and Mayo will meet in the All-Ireland semi-finals with the victorious sides from the games involving Dublin and Kerry will meet in the other final four clash.

All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals

(all games in Croke Park)

Saturday, August 3

* Monaghan v Tyrone, 5pm

* Dublin v Cork, 7pm

Sunday, August 4

* Kerry v Cavan, 2pm

* Mayo v Donegal, 4pm

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