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Super 8s fun starts in Kerry

Sport

Mike Finnerty

GAA officials are predicting that next Sunday’s ‘Super 8’ championship match between Mayo and Kerry in Killarney could be ‘sold out’ with a huge demand for tickets after they went on sale online yesterday afternoon (Monday).
Fitzgerald Stadium has a capacity of approximately 37,000 with around 15,000 Mayo supporters expected to make the trip south for the first championship clash between the counties since the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final replay.
Mayo’s only major injury concern is believed to be Paddy Durcan who limped out of last Saturday’s win over Galway with what is understood to be a leg injury.
Meanwhile, James Horan released a brief statement yesterday via the Mayo GAA website, where he thanked the Mayo supporters for backing the team during the recent Qualifier matches and called on them to give the ‘new players’ some ‘time and space’.
“This Mayo team are enjoying the challenge of weekly games and are taking it one step at a time,” said Horan.
“We have used 27 players over the last three weekends with a real mix of youth and experience. The new players are still developing and learning and they need the time and space to get to grips with top-level football.
“As a group, we want to say a big thanks to the Mayo supporters for the many miles they travelled over the past few weeks with this team and for their understanding of the time players need to develop and realise their potential.“
“We all now look forward again to the weekend where Mayo’s positive approach and attacking game will be on display.”
Next Sunday’s match is the first of three games that Mayo will have in the space of 21 days with their round two match against Meath a week later taking place at the neutral venue that is Croke Park.
Mayo will conclude their All-Ireland quarter-final series games at home to Ulster champions Donegal on the weekend of Saturday, August 3/Sunday, August 4. The exact date and time of that match is not expected to be known until after the round two games have been played.
The top two teams from each ‘Super 8s’ group will progress to the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals with the top team in Mayo’s section meeting the runners-up in the other group.
The second-placed team in Mayo’s section will meet the winners of the other group.
All-Ireland champions Dublin, Connacht champions Roscommon, and Tyrone and Cork are the four teams in that other ‘Super 8s’ group.

Mayo’s ‘Super 8s’ Fixtures
Round 1
Kerry v Mayo
Sunday, July 14
Killarney at 4pm

Round 2
Mayo v Meath
Sunday, July 21
Croke Park at 4pm

Round 3
Mayo v Donegal
Saturday, August 3/
Sunday, August 4
Castlebar at TBC