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CALLING THE SHOTS Down manager Paddy Tally will have his team well-coached and drilled ahead of their clash with Mayo in the All-Ireland SFc Qualifiers in Newry on Saturday week next. Pic: Sportsfile

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Ger Flanagan

What’s Mayo’s story now?
ROUND Two of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers will take place on Saturday, June 22.
Mayo will take on Down in Newry (throw-in time TBC), and the game may or may not be shown on live TV.
Although Mayo were drawn first from the pot on Monday morning, and so normally would be entitled to home advantage, they must travel to Newry as there is an exception when a Division 1 league team draws a team from Divisions 3 or 4.

How did Down get here?
THE Mourne men lost out narrowly to Armagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final, but beat Tipperary last Sunday in Newry to register their first Qualifier victory in five seasons. Liam Kearns subsequently resigned as Tipperary manager after that defeat.

Have they met much before?
MAYO last played Down in the championship back in the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final, where Mayo ran out 3-18 to 2-9 winners. Mickey Conroy hit 2-1 that day for Mayo, while Alan Dillon scored four from play.

What do we know about Down?
THEY are managed by former Tyrone and Galway coach Paddy Tally, who is widely recognised for his defensive work carried out with both counties, particularly with Kevin Walsh’s Galway last season.
Pat Havern, Jamie Johnston and Donal O’Hara did the damage for Down against Tipperary, while Cory Quinn came off from the bench to hit three points.

And if Mayo beat Down?
SHOULD Mayo take care of business, they will be entered into the draw for Round Three of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers on Monday, June 24 with the next round due to be played on Saturday, June 29.
The eight teams who have survived from Round Two will go into the pot, with the teams to avoid likely to be Tyrone and Monaghan/Armagh.
Round Four takes place the following weekend, which pits the four winners from Round Three against the four defeated provincial finalists, played at a neutral venue.
Should Mayo safely navigate through the Qualifiers, Phase One of the Super 8s begins on July 13/14!

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