The winner of Sunday’s Tyrone-Dublin clash in Omagh will be at a disadvantage as the only team that has to play an All-Ireland semi-final six days after their final Super 8s fixture.
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Whoever comes out on top in that game will claim first place in Group 2 of the Super 8s and are fixed to play their last four clash on Saturday, 10 August – less than a week after their closing quarter-final game.
The loser, by contrast, will have seven days before they take on the Group 1 winners. The Group 1 winners will get eight days to prepare for their semi-final, as their final round of Super 8s game is on Saturday.
This is an anomaly that is thrown up by the new football schedule, which is compressed into a shorter inter-county season and only allows a week between the conclusion of the quarter-finals and the start of the semi-finals.
Traditionally, there has been at least a two-week gap and there remains a fortnight between hurling quarter and semi-finals.
The only thing to play for in Group 2 is top spot, with that being decided between last year’s All-Ireland finalists in Omagh on Sunday. Cork v Roscommon meet in Páirc Uí Rinn, though having both lost two games already they are out of the running.
Weekend Super 8s fixtures
Saturday, Group 1, 6pm
Mayo v Donegal, Elverys MacHale Park
Meath v Kerry, Páirc Tailteann
Sunday, Group 2, 4pm
Cork v Roscommon, Páirc Uí Rinn
Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park
Saturday, 10 August
5pm, Group 2 Winner v Group 1 Runner-up, Croke Park
Sunday, 11 August
3pm, Group 1 Winner v Group 2 Runner-up, Croke Park