Saturday 17 March 2018

Everything you need to know about this weekend's All-Ireland semi-finals

Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly of Dublin during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Mayo will once again take on Kerry in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay while defending All-Ireland champions Dublin will play Tyrone in the other semi-final on Sunday.

Here's everything you need to know about both games as well as how the teams arrived to the final four.

The Road to the final four:

Dublin and Kerry cruised through their respective provincial championships undefeated before easing their way past Monaghan and Galway respectively in the quarter-finals.

Tyrone took a similar route, bulldozing their way through Ulster before routing Armagh in their All-Ireland quarter-final.

Mayo are the only team to take the 'scenic' route to the All-Ireland semi-finals, trudging their way past Derry and Cork in the qualifiers before trouncing Roscommon in an All-Ireland quarter-final replay.

Stephen Rochford's side drew with Kerry last Sunday in a scintillating semi-final which means that both sides will do it all over again on Saturday.

What time are the games?

All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay - Kerry v Mayo, Croke Park, 3pm Saturday

All-Ireland SFC semi-final - Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park, 4pm Sunday

Where can I watch them?

Both games will be broadcast on RTE as well as Sky Sports. RTE will begin their coverage from 2:30pm on Saturday and 3:15pm on Sunday, while Sky will kick off their broadcast from 2pm on Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday, with both games televised on Sky Sports Arena.


Kerry v Mayo - Kerry 4/7 - Mayo 21/10 - Draw 8/1

Dublin v Tyrone - Dublin 1/2 - Tyrone 5/2 - Draw 8/1

What have they said?

Jim Gavin - "I think our game-plan continues to change. If you go back five years, it has changed, if you go back 10, 20 years the game of Gaelic football continues to change. That's a great flux that we're in.

"It's a fantastic time to be involved in it as a coach where there's a lot of innovation going on, it's continued to grow.

"You can see even for the Tyrone game, the way it continues to evolve and we're going to have to keep adapting to keep up with them."

Mickey Harte - "We were trying very hard last year. We had a very good season up until we met Mayo and we did create many more chances than we converted. So that is something the players have thought long and hard about.

"We've worked very much on people preparing to take on shots, but you can't just wait to the day of the game to do that.

"We need players who may not normally be shooters finding themselves in positions to take scores.

"I think that has contributed to the spread of scores we have had, that we now have players who don't believe, 'I get a nosebleed here' if they find themselves in a position to take a shot. (Instead, it's), 'I am prepared and capable of taking this on."

Colm Cooper - "It's about getting to an All-Ireland final. Kerry have done this in the past, don't think they haven't.

"If you think back to the 2014 final against Donegal, they set up completely differently.

"I'd be hugely surprised if Eamonn Fitzmaurice sets up the same way as he did today and Kerry will change some of the personnel as well.

"I don't see them conceding 2-14 next week, I'll put it that way."

Stephen Rochford -  "Replays in many ways are won from what you learn, what you can take and improve on.

"Tightening the things at maybe seven out of ten, to eight or nine out of ten. I’ve no doubt it will be a fine margin come next week as well."

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