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Thursday 17 April 2014

Louth must pick up pieces as resurgent Dublin await in qualifiers

Louth may not have been offered a Leinster final replay, but their next game will remain within the province after they drew Dublin in the fourth round of the qualifiers last night.

Peter Fitzpatrick's side must pick up the pieces from their controversial defeat to Meath to prepare for a Dublin side that will be resurgent after seeing off Armagh.

Sligo's distress in losing the Connacht football final against the odds will ease only slightly after they drew Down, arguably the least fancied of the four teams that emerged from the third round.

Monaghan and Kildare will pit Kieran McGeeney and Paul Grimley against each other on the sideline, almost 11 months after their partnership in Kildare dissolved and Grimley took up the position as assistant to Seamus McEnaney in Monaghan.

Limerick drew the short straw in Cork, but they have pushed them hard over the past two seasons in a Munster semi-final and final and won't be overawed.

The dates and venues will be determined by the CCCC after a meeting in Croke Park today.

The fourth-round qualifiers are played at neutral venues, although Croke Park on Saturday is looking like a potential double-header for Monaghan/Kildare and Louth/Dublin.

Thurles is the most likely venue for Limerick/Cork, although home and away arrangements for Munster championship matches exist between the counties.

Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon or Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan are the obvious choices for Sligo versus Down.

SFC Round 4 qualifier draw -- Limerick v Cork; Monaghan v Kildare; Sligo v Down; Louth v Dublin.

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