Wednesday 22 November 2017

REVEALED! The provincial draw for the 2017 All-Ireland football championship

Will Galway, Dublin, Kerry and Tyrone retain their provincial titles in 2017?
Will Galway, Dublin, Kerry and Tyrone retain their provincial titles in 2017? Newsdesk Newsdesk

All-Ireland champions Dublin's will begin their three-in-a-row quest against Carlow or Wexford.

Jim Gavin's side will be long odds-on favourites to claim their seventh Leinster title on the bounce.

Dublin are joined in the bottom half of the Leinster draw Offaly and Westmeath. The Faithful County will be on a revenge mission.

Andy McEntee's Meath will take on Louth or Wicklow in the last eight.

Also in the top half of the draw are Cian O'Neill's Kildare who will be anxious to see if they face Laois or Longford in the quarters.

Mickey Harte will once again lead Tyrone into battle and if they are to keep hold of the Anglo Celt cup and  for the second year running they will play Damien Barton's Derry in the quarters.

They have been drawn on the same side of the draw as Donegal who will have to overcome Antrim to make the last four.

Monaghan face Pete McGrath's Fermanagh in a very interesting preliminary round tie with Mattie McGleenan's Cavan.

After a disastrous 2016 campaign, Kieran McGeeney's Armagh will take on Down.

All-Ireland runners-up Mayo will seek to regain the Connacht title they relinquished to Galway this year and they will face with Sligo or New York in their provincial quarter-final.

If Mayo can negotiate that clash they will face Kevin Walsh's Tribesmen in the last four.

Joe Brolly told RTE that the Mayo management need to make tough calls if they are to end their wait for an All-Ireland triumph.

"Aidan O'Shea is a household name, he ought to have been taken off. You need ruthlessness," Joe Brolly told RTE.

The winners of Leitrim and London will face Roscommon, who look set to have Kevin McStay in charge, in the other semi.

Peadar Healy's Cork will have to overcome Waterford in a Munster quarter-final for a shot at revenge at Liam Kearns' Tipperary.

Kerry will meet either 2016 All-Ireland quarter-finalists Clare or Limerick as they go in search for a 79th provincial crown.

"If the trend continues this year you would expect to see a Tipp-Kerry final," Brolly told RTE.

Podge Collins said: "It's not an easy draw for us. Limerick will be gunning for us."



First Round

Louth v Wicklow

Laois v Longford

Carlow v Wexford


Louth/Wicklow v Meath

Laois/Longford v Kildare

Winners to meet in semi-final(A)


Carlow/Wexford v Dublin

Offaly v Westmeath

Winners to meet in semi-final(A)


Premliminary Round

Monaghan v Fermanagh

Quarter-finals (A)

Derry v Tyrone

Donegal v Antrim

Winners to face in semi-final(A)


Down v Armagh

Cavan v Fermanagh/Monaghan

Winners to play in semi-final(B)


Preliminary Round

Sligo v New York

Quarter-final (A)

Mayo v Sligo/New York


Leitrim v London

Semi-final (A)

Galway v Sligo/New York or Mayo

Semi-final (B)

Leitrim/London v Roscommon



Cork v Waterford

Clare v Limerick


Kerry v Limerick/Clare

Tipperary v Cork/Waterford

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