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Long road to Super 8s for Mayo


ALL WRAPPED UPMayo’s Paddy Durcan is held up by Roscommon’s Niall Kilroy, left, and David Murray. Pic: Sportsfile

Ger Flanagan

MAYO will be hoping to avoid either Monaghan or Fermanagh in Round Two of the All-Ireland Football Qualifiers when the draw is made on Monday, June 10.
The two Ulster sides are due to meet each other in Round One of the Qualifiers, with the winner going into the pot for the Round Two draw, which will be carried out live on RTÉ Radio One.
James Horan’s side could also draw tricky fixtures against the likes of Kildare, Tipperary or Derry in their Round Two clash due to take place on Satturday, June 22.
In the event Mayo navigate their way through their next game, they will be in action again the following week – June 29/30 – against the eight surviving Round Two teams, and one of either Donegal or Tyrone.
And should Mayo qualify for the Super 8s, they’ll have played three weeks on the bounce, with the Round Four Qualifier down for July 6/7, which pits the four winners from the previous round against the four defeated provincial finalists.
That means Mayo could potentially face Galway – at a neutral venue – should they lose the Connacht Final, but Mayo would not face Roscommon as repeat ties are avoided where possible.
If Mayo are to qualify for the Super 8s, they’ll end up playing for five consecutive weeks, with Phase One and Phase Two games in the Round Robin stages taking place on the weekends of July 13/14 and July 20/21, with the latter date the Croke Park round.
In the event Mayo defeat the odds and qualify for the All-Ireland semi-final, they’ll be out on the weekend of August 10/11.