The Cork footballers must beat Laois to reach the Super 8s

The Cork footballers must beat Laois to reach the Super 8s
Laois' Ross Munnelly and Cian Donohoe of Offaly last weekend. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Leesiders will no doubt be delighted at the prospect of taking on the Leinster side when they could have been drawn to face Mayo or Tyrone, but the feeling will be mutual. The Rebels were impressive in blitzing Limerick and running Kerry close in the Munster final but have been beaten in the backdoor repeatedly in recent years.

Mayo have been paired with provincial rivals Galway, with Clare taking on Meath and Cavan against Tyrone in the other fourth round qualifiers.

Also on next weekend are the hurling ties where Cork travel to Westmeath and Dublin visit McDonagh Cup winners Laois, which will impact on how the GAA set the football fixtures.

Should Ronan McCarthy's side defeat Laois their first Super 8 outing would be against Dublin in Croke Park. They'd also be in Croker for Tyrone or Cavan, before finishing up by hosting Roscommon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The other Super 8 group will be Donegal, Kerry, Mayo or Galway and Meath or Clare.

The top two will then clash in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

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