Thursday 8 December 2016

The 11 counties yet to play a quarter-final

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Barry John Keane's Kerry side are the only county to qualify for all 15 quarter-finals
Barry John Keane's Kerry side are the only county to qualify for all 15 quarter-finals

Eleven counties are still waiting to reach the All-Ireland football quarter-finals for the first time.

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That's excluding Kilkenny, who do not compete at senior level. No new quarter-finalists have emerged since Cavan in 2013.

With the remaining two of this year's quarter-finals to be played on Saturday, the breakdown of the 120 quarter-final places in the 15 seasons they have been in existence shows how power has been heavily concentrated alongside predictable lines.

Kerry are the only county to qualify for all 15 quarter-finals, while Dublin missed out only once, when losing to Armagh in a Round 3 qualifier in 2003.

Cork, Tyrone, Mayo, Donegal and Armagh are next in line.

Galway, who were the first to win the All-Ireland title via the back door in its inaugural year (2001), have fared badly since, having reached the quarter-finals only once (2014) through the qualifiers.

Meath, who lost to Galway in the 2001 All-Ireland final, have also slumped dramatically, having reached the quarter-finals only three times since then, once as Leinster champions in 2010.

One of the more striking aspects of the list is the dismal return by Down, who have reached only two quarter-finals, in 2010 and 2012. They reached the final in 2010, losing to Cork.

Cavan have also done poorly, reaching the last eight only once, while Offaly, who won ten Leinster and three All-Ireland titles between 1960 and 1997, have yet to make the last eight.

QUARTER-FINALISTS (2001-15)

15 - Kerry

14 - Dublin

11 - Cork; Tyrone

10 - Mayo

9 - Donegal

7 - Armagh;

6 - Galway; Kildare

4 - Meath; Laois; Monaghan

3 - Derry; Roscommon; Westmeath; Fermanagh

2 - Sligo; Down

1 - Wexford; Limerick; Cavan

Yet to reach quarter-final (11): Carlow, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Wicklow, Clare, Waterford, Tipperary, Antrim, Leitrim, London. (Kilkenny don't compete at senior level)

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