Saturday 18 November 2017

REVEALED - Hurling Round 2 and football Round 3A qualifier draws produce mouthwatering fixtures

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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All-Ireland champions Tipperary will face Ger Cunningham's Dublin and Waterford will play Kilkenny in a repeat of last year's All-Ireland semi-final in Round Two of the hurling qualifiers this weekend.

Tipp's defence of Liam MacCarthy has been pretty uninspiring and were far from impressive in their victory over Westmeath at the weekend. Dublin have endured a disappointing season but will relish a shot at the champs.

Kilkenny improved from their Leinster championship defeat to Wexford to advance past Limerick on Saturday, while Derek McGrath will be using last year's narrow defeat to the Cats as motivation this week.

The games will be played as a double-header at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening.

In Round 3A of the football championship, Meath will have home advantage against Donegal and Mayo must travel to Ennis to play Clare.

Both Meath and Donegal were involved in turgid affairs over the weekend as they accounted for the challenges provided by Sligo and Longford respectively.

Mayo came tantalisingly close to exiting the championship at home to Derry on Saturday and will not relish the trip south to face Colm Collins' men, especially without the services of half-back duo Patrick Durcan and Lee Keegan.

The Banner men impressed on their way to an All-Ireland quarter-final appearance last year, caused Kerry some serious problems in Munster this year before registering a win against Laois on Saturday and will hold no fear of their foes in front of their own fans.

All-Ireland SHC Round Two qualifer draw:

Dublin v Tipperary, Semple Stadium, 5pm

Waterford v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, 7pm (Live on Sky Sports)

The two games will take place this Saturday, July 8

All-Ireland SFC Round 3A football qualifier draw:

Meath v Donegal Pairc Tailteann, Saturday, July 8, 6pm

Clare v Mayo, Cusack Park, Saturday, July 8, 5pm (Live on RTE)

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