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Mayo to face Cork, Sligo or Tipp’ next

Mike Finnerty 

FOR the fourth successive year the Mayo senior footballers will be in action in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Croke Park. The Connacht champions will meet one of Cork, Sligo or Tipperary in the last eight after winning their 45th provincial title last Sunday. Mayo cannot play Galway in the quarter-finals as they have already met in the provincial final. They will find out the identity of their opponents the weekend after next. The Mayo camp is believed to have come through last weekend’s game with Galway relatively unscathed in terms of injuries, although Alan Dillon and Barry Moran were both seen leaving MacHale Park with ice-packs applied to their hamstring and calf respectively. The Mayo News understands that Tom Cunniffe, who missed last Sunday’s game with an Achilles injury, remains Mayo’s only injury concern ahead of their next outing. James Horan will be hoping that he recovers to play some part in three weeks time. Meanwhile, Tom Parsons, who also sat out last weekend’s game due to a hamstring injury, is expected to return to club action with Charlestown next weekend. Mayo have seen their odds on winning the Sam Maguire Cup cut to 5/1 (joint second favourites with Kerry) with Dublin the 4/6 frontrunners. However, All Star defender Colm Boyle believes that Mayo have left plenty of room for improvement ahead of their return to Croke Park. “Maybe if you added it all up together, you got maybe a 40-minute performance there [or] a 35-minute performance,” the Davitts star told The Mayo News. “I think we played in patches. I think at one stage there in the first half, we totally dropped it for maybe ten, 15 minutes, and we let Galway back into the game. And at the beginning of the second half, we were maybe a bit lacksi’ [lackadaisical] coming out with the ball, we got turned over a couple of times needlessly. And, as I said, we’re not going to get away with that in Croke Park, so we’re going to have to work on it.”

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