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Cork manager Ronan McCarthy and Tyrone boss Mickey Harte following a Round Four All Ireland SFC Qualifier in 2018.
Cork manager Ronan McCarthy and Tyrone boss Mickey Harte following a Round Four All Ireland SFC Qualifier in 2018.

Preview: Weekend's Gaelic Football Championship action


All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group Phase

Saturday July 20

Cork v Tyrone, Croke Park, 5pm

Highly competitive for an hour against Dublin, Cork were eventually flattened by a flurry of late goals.

Still Ronan McCarthy's left GAA headquarters with plenty of reasons to be encouraged and will return to the Jones Road venue eager to examine Tyrone's credentials.

The challenge will be different against Mickey Harte's outfit, who posted a most satisfactory success at Dr Hyde Park.

Roscommon were primed for a battle, but Tyrone had the guile to survive with Niall Sludden mining three points from play, while Cathal McShane maintained his effective form inside.

McShane's positioning at full forward provides Tyrone with a strong presence in the scoring zone so Cork will need to restrict his influence.

Cork poured forward throughout last weekend's tussle against Dublin ensuring Brian Hurley, Mark Collins, Luke Connolly, and Paul Kerrigan were well supported up front.

In 2018 Cork suffered a crushing Round Four Qualifier loss to Tyrone, but it should be a much tighter affair on this occasion.

CORK: Mark White; James Loughrey, Thomas Clancy, Kevin Flahive; Liam O’Donovan, Tomas Clancy, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Kevin O’Driscoll, Sean White, Ruairi Deane; Mark Collins, Brian Hurley, Luke Connolly.

Niall Scully, Dublin, and Ronan Daly, Roscommon, during the Allianz Football League clash in March.
Niall Scully, Dublin, and Ronan Daly, Roscommon, during the Allianz Football League clash in March.

Dublin v Roscommon, Croke Park, 7pm

These are exciting times for Dublin with last weekend providing a win over Cork before news filtered through about Diarmuid Connolly's return to training.

It made for a successful weekend so Jim Gavin will now want to secure Dublin's passage into the last four ahead of an impending trip to Healy Park.

Cork made life difficult for Dublin, but the standard bearers still found a way to survive before finishing with a flourish.

There was so much to admire about Dublin's display - Stephen Cluxton assured goalkeeping, Jack McCaffrey's blistering raids from deep, Brian Fenton's relevance, Con O'Callaghan's dash, and Ciaran Kilkenny's enduring excellence.

Undoubtedly Dublin still remain the team to beat, but they will treat Roscommon with the utmost care and respect.

Roscommon were fended off by Tyrone at Dr Hyde Park, but Anthony Cunningham's outfit summoned a brave performance.

The locals just weren't clinical enough converting chances with Tyrone sufficiently savvy to exploit any uncertainty at the opposite end.

ROSCOMMON: Darren O’Malley; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Brian Stack, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith.

Mayo manager James Horan pictured at Fitzgerald Stadium last weekend.
Mayo manager James Horan pictured at Fitzgerald Stadium last weekend.

Sunday July 21

Mayo v Meath, Croke Park, 2pm

A critical contest involving two counties, who lost their opening group games.

Mayo suffered a surprisingly heavy loss to Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium so the green and red will want to summon an instant response.

Meath led late on against Donegal before the home team concluded the game with a brilliant burst to secure the spoils.

Andy McEntee's charges will now want to produce on the Croke Park stage, but know that Mayo have reserved their best displays for headquarters in recent years.

Donal Keogan and Cillian O'Sullivan continue to deliver for the Royals, who still feel that a place in the penultimate round can be attained.

Mayo share similar sentiments, but it will be interesting to see can James Horan extract a defiant performance from Mayo in what promises to be a revealing encounter.

Kerry hit the front early on in Killarney and Mayo were frustrated throughout.

A lengthy injury list has hurt Mayo during the past month, and this upcoming match with Meath carries huge relevance.

MAYO: David Clarke; Stephen Coen, Brendan Harrison, Eoin O'Donoghue; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins; Donal Vaughan, Seamus O'Shea; Fionn McDonagh, Aidan O'Shea, Ciaran Treacy; Cillian O'Connor, Darren Coen, Jason Doherty.

Michael Murphy remains an influential figure for Donegal.
Michael Murphy remains an influential figure for Donegal.

Kerry v Donegal, Croke Park, 4pm

Two in form teams collide in what should be an intriguing tussle on Sunday afternoon.

Kerry, prompted by the industrious David Moran and irresistible David Clifford, proved far too strong for Mayo in Killarney.

Shortly before that in Ballybofey Donegal found the answers to the awkward questions posed by a pumped up Meath.

Donegal trailed by one in the closing stages, but responded in some style as Paddy McBrearty and Michael Murphy contributed handsomely.

Oisin Gallen's late goal sealed the deal for Dongeal, who will relish the task of playing Kerry.

Tricky away trips loom for Kerry and Donegal in their third fixture of the pool so entering that match armed with four points is the brief.

There was a solid cut to a Kerry defence in which Jason Foley enhanced his growing reputation, but Donegal carry a potent threat up front.

McBrearty has returned to full fitness and is moving well, while Jamie Brennan is a speedy attacker adept at drilling scores.

There wasn't much wrong with Kerry's forward play against Mayo either as the bustling Stephen O'Brien and Paul Geaney assisted the splendid Clifford.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Jason Foley, Tadhg Morley, Tom O'Sullivan; Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Sherwood; Adrian Spillane, Sean O'Shea, Graham O'Sullivan; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Stephen O'Brien.

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