Football qualifiers draw takes place

SportBy Karl Doyle
Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan in action
Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan in action

The draw for round 3B and 4A of the GAA All-Ireland football qualifiers took place earlier today.

In round 3B Tipperary will meet Tyrone at Semple Stadium. The game will be a repeat of the All-Ireland U21 final - which was surrounded in controversy.

In the other game Galway host Derry.

As Cork and Kerry prepare to replay the Munster final after the recent drawn clash, the losers won’t have much time to lick their wounds – as they will face Kildare the following weekend in round 4A.

Fermanagh will take on Westmeath, who were blown away by Dublin at Croke Park yesterday.

Next Saturday’s already eagerly awaited replay between Kerry and Cork now assumes greater significance in the wake of today’s draw.

The new Munster champions are assured of a place in the All-Ireland quarter-final where they will almost certain to face  the winners of the qualifier between beaten Leinster finalists Westmeath and surprise packets Fermanagh

In contrast, the losers face a very difficult path if they are to advance in the All-Ireland series. On Saturday week, July 25, they face Kildare with the winners facing Sam Maguire favourites Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter final on the August Bank holiday weekend.

But in order to avoid repeat pairing there is a possibility that Dublin could also be paired against Fermanagh if the Ulster side reach the last eight.

Round 3B Football Qualifers:

(Saturday July 18)

Tiperrary v Tyrone

Galway v Derry

Round 4A Football Qualifiers:

(Saturday July 25)

Fermanagh v Westmeath

Kildare v Kerry/Cork