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Quarter-final draw opens up a tantalising final route for All-Ireland underdogs

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Clare players celebrate after their All-Ireland SFC Round 2 victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Clare players celebrate after their All-Ireland SFC Round 2 victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Galway's Shane Walsh in action against Mayo's Aidan O’Shea and Oisín Mullin. Photo: Ray Ryan/Sportsfile

Galway's Shane Walsh in action against Mayo's Aidan O’Shea and Oisín Mullin. Photo: Ray Ryan/Sportsfile

Clare player celebrating their victory over Roscommon in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier

Clare player celebrating their victory over Roscommon in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier

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Clare players celebrate after their All-Ireland SFC Round 2 victory over Roscommon at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

The news arrived bright and early for the last eight pretenders to Tyrone’s abandoned throne. Now we know the scale of the challenge awaiting the two front-running favourites, the faltering perennials and the rank outsiders for Sam Maguire …

WELCOME BACK? You could say that. With the qualifiers in a Covid-induced coma, we had no All-Ireland football quarter-finals for the last two years. And in the previous two seasons, 2018 and ’19, we had one of those grandiose GAA experiments that prove anything but great in practice: the not-so-Super 8s. Ergo, these are the first quarter-final pairings since 2017.


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