Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ulster's big hitters are kept apart in Qualifier draw

Donnchadh Boyle and James Donoghue

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

Bastick: Facing scan on ankle injury
Bastick: Facing scan on ankle injury

Some of Ulster's big guns managed to avoid each other when the draw was made for the first round of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers yesterday.

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Tyrone, Down and either Armagh or Donegal are all in the 'B' side of the Qualifiers this year, meaning there was a strong chance they'd meet in the back door.

However, those teams won't have to play in a do-or-die Ulster derby after the names were pulled out of a hat live on radio by GAA president Aogán ó Fearghail.

Tyrone will have home advantage against Limerick, while the losers of Armagh's game with Donegal will face whoever comes out of the wrong side of clash between Meath and Wicklow in Navan this weekend.

Meanwhile, Down, who went down narrowly to Derry in Celtic Park, will be away to whoever loses between Westmeath and Wexford in their Leinster Championship meeting this Sunday.

In the 'A' side of the draw, there is a repeat of the 2013 All-Ireland quarter final when Cavan travel to Ruislip to take on Paul Coggins' London.

Division 4 champions Offaly head to Fraher Field to take on Waterford, while Longford will get the chance to get their season back on track after being hammered by Dublin when they welcome Carlow to Pearse Park.

The losers of Kildare's replay with Laois this Saturday will have home advantage against Antrim.

The Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) announced the times and venues for the games in the 'A' side of the draw yesterday with all those fixtures down for decision on June 20. The games on the 'B' side won't be formally fixed until a later date.

Meanwhile, Dublin are sweating on the fitness of Denis Bastick after damaging his ankle while on club duty with Templeogue Synge Street. The 33-year-old was set to undergo a scan on the injury last night with the results likely to be known later today.

 

SFC QUALIFIER FIXTURES

Saturday, June 20

Round 1A (extra-time if necessary)

Ruislip: London v Cavan, 2.0

Fraher Field: Waterford v Offaly, 2.0

Glennon Bros Pearse Park: Longford v Carlow, 7.0

Newbridge/Portlaoise: Kildare/Laois v Antrim.

Saturday, June 27

Round 1B (extra-time if necessary)

Omagh: Tyrone v Limerick, Time TBC

Venue TBC: Loser of Armagh/Donegal v

Loser of Meath/Wicklow, Time TBC

Drogheda: Louth v Leitrim, Time TBC

Wexford Park/Cusack Park: Loser of

Wexford/Westmeath v Down

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