The last round of the qualifiers has two crackers in store…
As the race for the Sam Maguire Cup begins to turn for home, we are left with 12 in contention, and despite a somewhat entertaining summer to date, there have not been any major casualties.
On Saturday evening, Armagh and Monaghan squeezed through to the next round, as Tipperary and Carlow made exits.
The Orchard County had to dig deep to mount a second-half comeback in Thurles, as Jamie Clarke’s goal proved vital. Meanwhile, The Farney County were given the fright of their lives against Carlow, but had enough class to get over the line in the final minutes.
Dublin and Tyrone recorded wins over Kildare and Down respectively to claim provincial honours.
This all means that Down, Kildare, Armagh and Monaghan were left in the pot for this morning’s draw for Round 4B of the qualifiers, as made on RTÉ Radio 1.
As Down played both Monaghan and Armagh en route to the Ulster final, it meant that draw had to take place, unlike the pairings for Round 4A.
The draw is as follows:
- Monaghan v Down
- Kildare v Armagh
The games will be played at neutral venues on Saturday 29 July, which will be confirmed later today by the CCCC.
Undoubtedly the pick of the two ties is Kildare vs Armagh, as Kieran McGeeney faces off against his former county. Meanwhile, Monaghan will be eager to avenge their shock Ulster semi-final loss to The Mourne County.