Monday 18 December 2017

Tyrone to face Kildare in the pick of the Qualifiers

Kieran McGeeney
Kieran McGeeney

Kieran McGeeney will have to plot the downfall of Mickey Harte’s Tyrone after the sides were pitted against each other in the pick of the Round Three qualifier draw.

Kildare’s last defeat in the qualifiers came against Ulster opposition in the form of Derry in 2006 but their impressive back-door record will come under serious scrutiny next Saturday in Newbridge.

Tyrone beat Kildare in this season’s Division One semi-final having lost to the Lilywhites in the 2012 Division Two decider.

Both sides will be evenly matched having done enough to beat Roscommon and Louth in the previous round of the qualifiers without pulling up trees.

There had been rumours this morning that Kildare could lose their home advantage but the GAA have confirmed that this is not the case.

At this stage of the championship last year, Kildare were forced to lose home advantage in their Round Three clash with Limerick as Newbridge was deemed an unsuitable venue.

The Lilywhites barely scraped by Limerick in Portlaoise after being forced into extra-time.

The reward for the victoes this weekend will be a Round Four fixture against yesterday’s beaten Leinster finalists Meath.

Armagh have been annihilating Division Four opposition by cricket scores but should find the challenge of Galway in Salthill next weekend a much tougher hurdle to negotiate with the winners set to face Conor Counihan’s Cork.

There is an all-Leinster clash in Round Three of the qualifiers with Wexford hosting Laois at Wexford Park.

Justin McNulty’s side have been building momentum in the back door following their 10-point drubbing at the hands of Louth in the Leinster championship while Aiden O’Brien’s side will probably need to improve from their victory over Longford after extra time on Saturday night.

The winners of that game will face the losers of the Ulster final between Donegal and Monaghan.

There is a huge incentive for both Derry and Cavan to win their Round Three encounter at Celtic Park next Saturday with the winners likely to face London for a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.


GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3 Saturday, July 20

Galway v Armagh, Pearse Stadium, 5pm

Derry v Cavan, Celtic Park, 5pm

Wexford v Laois, Wexford Park, 7pm

Kildare v Tyrone, Newbridge, 7pm *Live on RTÉ


GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 4

Saturday, July 27

Cork v Galway/Armagh, Croke Park, 5pm

Meath v Kildare/Tyrone, Croke Park, 7pm *Live on RTÉ

The other two Round 4 match fixture details have not yet been confirmed.


GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Finals

Sunday, July 28

Cork v Kilkenny, Semple Stadium, 2pm *Live on RTÉ

Galway v Clare, Semple Stadium, 4pm *Live on RTÉ

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