Armagh and Tyrone to meet in 2012 Ulster quarter-finals

Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh and Armagh's Kieran Toner
Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh and Armagh's Kieran Toner battle during this year's All-Ireland qualifier clash

The first-round tussle between Armagh and Tyrone was the big talking point from Thursday evening's Ulster Senior Football Championship draw.

A loaded bottom half sees Cavan at home to holders Donegal in the preliminary round with the winners facing Derry.

The winners of that game will then meet either Armagh or Tyrone in the semis.

The top half sees struggling Fermanagh hosting Down and Monaghan drawn at home to Antrim with the Mournemen probably favourites to get to the Ulster final.

Donegal will be involved in the preliminary round for the second successive year.

Jim McGuinness' side defeated Antrim in this year's Ulster opener before going on to account for Cavan in the provincial quarter-finals.

Armagh and Tyrone met in this year's All-Ireland qualifiers where Mickey Harte's side earned a 2-13 to 0-13 win.

Antrim hurlers will face Westmeath in the preliminary round of the Leinster Hurling Championship with the winners going on to face Galway in the first round.

Galway will be fancied to progress to meet either Offaly or Wexford in the provincial semi-finals with Dublin expected to meet Kilkenny in the second semi-final.

All-Ireland Football champions Dublin will open their 2012 campaign against either Westmeath or Louth in the Leinster Football Championship.

Kerry face a likely Munster SFC semi-final against Cork after the Kingdom were drawn against Tipperary in the provincial first round.

Other Provincial draws

MUNSTER SFC

Quarter-finals

Waterford v Limerick

Kerry v Tipperary

Semi-finals

Clare v Waterford/Limerick

Cork v Kerry/Tipperary

CONNACHT SFC

Quarter-finals

New York v Sligo

London v Leitrim

Galway v Roscommon

Semi-finals

New York/Sligo v Galway/Roscommon

Mayo v London/Leitrim

LEINSTER SFC

Preliminary

Westmeath v Louth

Longford v Laois

Meath v Wicklow

Quarter-finals

Westmeath/Louth v Dublin

Longford/Laois v Wexford

Meath/Wicklow v Carlow

Offaly v Kildare

LEINSTER SHC

Preliminary

Westmeath v Antrim

Laois v Carlow

Quarter-finals

Laois/Carlow v Dublin

Offaly v Wexford

Galway v Westmeath/Antrim

Semi-finals

Galway v Westmeath/Antrim v Offaly v Wexford

Laois/Carlow v Dublin v Kilkenny

MUNSTER SHC

Semi-finals

Clare v Waterford

Cork v Limerick/Tipperary

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