Okay, okay – there’s only such praise a man can take without his head exploding altogether so let’s turn the focus back onto the here and now. Saturday’s double-header at Croke Park will not only cut the last ten in the championship down to a final eight (barring the need for any replays) it’ll also reveal who we’ll we pitted against in the quarter-finals the following weekend.
The permutations are pretty straightforward. As neither ourselves nor Monaghan can meet our respective provincial final opponents in the quarters, that cuts down the options for both of us to three. In our case it’s Donegal, Galway or Tyrone while for the Farneymen it’s Galway, Sligo or Tyrone. A further condition, whereby previous meetings at the provincial stage are to be avoided where possible, lessens the chance still further that we’ll be paired with the Tribesmen – it’s only if Sligo upset those 1/16 odds in favour of Tyrone (where the handicap is 8 points) that this could happen.
In essence, then, it’s looking like either Donegal or Tyrone, with the outcome dependent on whether or not the former are able to do enough to justify the 1/2 odds on them to end Galway’s run in this year’s championship. If they are, then it’s Rory Gallagher’s charges we’ll be facing, whereas if they’re not it’s Mickey Harte’s men.
For the purposes of the poll, though, I think it’s only fair to include all three possible options – sure didn’t Sligo beat Tyrone the last time they met in the championship at Croke Park all those years ago?
Right, then – who do you think we’ll end up facing in the All-Ireland quarter-final on Saturday week?
Who'll we be facing in the quarters?
- Donegal (66%, 240 Votes)
- Tyrone (28%, 103 Votes)
- Galway (6%, 23 Votes)
Total Voters: 366