Thursday 22 August 2019

Monaghan the big gun in first qualifier draw

Caolan Mooney. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Caolan Mooney. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

By the time the balls roll for the first championship draw on Monday morning, a quarter of the scheduled football games will have been completed. By then 19 of the 68 games will have been played.

The draw will establish the pairings for the 16 teams, all of whom have failed to make their provincial semi-finals, who will contest the first round football qualifier on Saturday, June 8.

Monaghan are considered the most dangerous predators in the draw so far after their loss to Cavan but with a number of other games down for decision this weekend the picture will become a lot clearer on Sunday.

Down are also involved and will be hoping that Caolan Mooney can have his red card against Armagh reversed at a hearing. Those drawn first will have home advantage unless a Division 3 or 4 team is drawn against a team from the two higher divisions.

Further draws will take place on June 10, June 24 and July 1 for the second, third and fourth round qualifier draws. The counties in the draw are: Waterford, Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Meath or Carlow, Laois or Westmeath, Dublin or Louth, Longford or Kildare, Leitrim, London, Monaghan, Down, Donegal or Fermanagh, Tyrone or Antrim, Derry.

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