Wednesday 26 September 2018

Mayo and Galway pitted against each other again as 2018 All-Ireland football championship draw revealed

11 June 2017; Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Tom Parsons of Mayo during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium, in Salthill, Galway. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
11 June 2017; Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Tom Parsons of Mayo during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium, in Salthill, Galway. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Mayo and Galway will renew their rivalry again in Connacht after the All-Ireland football championship draw paired them together again in 2018.

Kevin Walsh's side dumped Mayo into the qualifiers in 2016 and 2017, and after two circuitous journeys to the All-Ireland final through the backdoor in successive seasons, Stephen Rochford will badly want his team to negotiate a more straightforward path in 2018.

Mayo vs Galway is the pick of the opening football ties, although Tyrone will host Monaghan in what will be a battle of two Division One teams in the Ulster quarter-final.

In Munster, Kerry will kick off their provincial six in-a-row bid against either Clare or Limerick, while All-Ireland champions Dublin will open their campaign against either Offaly or Wicklow.

Here is the draw in fulll:

2018 Munster football championship

Quarter-finals: Clare vs Limerick, Tipperary vs Waterford.

Semi-finals: Clare/Limerick vs Kerry, Tipperary/Waterford vs Cork.

2018 Connacht football championship

Quarter-finals: Mayo vs Galway, New York vs Leitrim, London vs Sligo.

Semi-finals: New York/Leitrim vs Roscommon, Mayo/Galway vs London/Sligo.

2018 Ulster football championship

Preliminary round: Donegal vs Cavan.

Quarter-finals: Derry vs Donegal/Cavan, Fermanagh vs Armagh, Tyrone vs Monaghan, Down vs Antrim.

Semi-finals: Derry/Donegal/Cavan vs Down/Antrim, Fermanagh/Armagh vs Tyrone/Monaghan.

2018 Leinster football championship

Preliminary round: Laois vs Wexford, Louth vs Carlow, Offaly vs Wicklow.

Quarter-finals: Laois/Wexford vs Westmeath, Louth/Carlow vs Kildare, Offaly/Wicklow vs Dublin, Longford vs Meath.

Semi-finals: Laois/Wexford/Westmeath vs Louth/Carlow/Kildare, Offaly/Wicklow/Dublin vs Longford/Meath.

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