Tuesday 18 December 2018

Revealed: Draw made for Round 4 of the All-Ireland football qualifiers and we now know the possible 'Super 8' groups

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

By this time next week only eight teams will remain in the race to lift Sam Maguire in September and this morning the draw was made for Round 4 of the All-Ireland football qualifiers.

The draw involved the four beaten provincial finallists - Cork, Roscommon, Fermanagh and Laois - being drawn against the Round 3 qualifier victors - Kildare, Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh.

Beaten Ulster finallists Fermanagh, because no repeat fixtures were allowed, were drawn against Kildare. The Lilywhites will be buoyant after knocking Mayo out of the Championship.

Monaghan's route through the qualifiers will end with a game against John Sugrue's Laois.

The tie of the round looks like he clash of Cork, who were hammered by Kerry in the Munster final, and Mickey Harte's Tyrone.

Kieran McGeeney's Armagh and Kevin McStay's Roscommon will go head-to-head for the right to join a 'Super 8' group involving All-Ireland champions Dublin and Donegal.

The Round Four matches, which will be decided on the day, will be played next weekend (July 7-8), with the CCCC confirming the details this afternoon.

There will be no repeat of last week's 'Newbridge or nowhere' controversy with the games to take place at neutral venues.

Croke Park will be unavailable due to a Michael Bublé concert at GAA headquarters this weekend.

The draw is as follows:

Fermanagh v Kildare

Laois v Monaghan

Cork v Tyrone

Roscommon v Armagh

The eight counties who qualify for the 'Super 8' phase of the All-Ireland series will be split into two groups of four as follows:

Group 1

Fermanagh or Kildare
Laois or Monaghan

Group 2

Cork or Tyrone
Roscommon or Armagh


Group 1 Fixtures

July 14/15: Kerry v Galway, Laois/Monaghan v Fermanagh/Kildare (both Croke Park).

July 21/22: Laois/Monaghan (home) v Kerry, Fermanagh/Kildare (home) v Galway.

August 4/5: Kerry (home) v Fermanagh/Kildare, Galway (home) v Laois/Monaghan.

Group 2 Fixtures:

July 14/15: Donegal v Dublin, Cork/Tyrone v Roscommon/Armagh (both Croke Park)

July 21/22: Cork/Tyrone (home) v Dublin, Roscommon/Armagh (home) v Donegal.

August 4/5: Donegal (home) v Cork/Tyrone, Dublin (home) v Roscommon/Armagh.

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