All-Ireland SFC qualifiers: Tyrone to face Cork while Fermanagh meet Kildare

Tyrone's encounter with Cork is the pick of this weekend's round round four All-Ireland qualifiers
Tyrone's encounter with Cork is the pick of this weekend's round round four All-Ireland qualifiers

Tyrone will face Cork in the final round of All-Ireland SFC qualifiers this weekend while beaten Ulster finalists Fermanagh meet Kildare.

The draw on Monday morning saw the four Ulster counties remaining in the qualifiers kept apart.

Tyrone's game with Cork will be part of a Saturday double-header in Portlaoise also featuring Armagh v Roscommon.

Fermanagh will face Kildare on Saturday at Navan with Monaghan taking on Laois at the same venue on Sunday.

Armagh, who clinched a dramatic round three victory over Clare last weekend, will be first in action at O'Moore Park as their game against beaten Connacht finalists Roscommon throws in at 15:00 BST.

Tyrone's contest with losing Munster finalists Cork follows at 17:00 with Fermanagh's game against Mayo's conquerors Kildare starting at 19:00 at Pairc Tailteann.

Monaghan's game against beaten Leinster finalists Laois will throw in at 14:00 at the Navan venue on Sunday.

Daniel Goulding celebrates after hitting Cork's goal in the 1-13 to 0-11 All-Ireland semi-final win over Cork in 2009
Cork defeated Tyrone in the last championship meeting between the counties in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final

Tyrone's game against Cork will be the first championship meeting between the counties since the Rebel County's 1-13 to 0-11 All-Ireland semi-final win over the Red Hands in 2009.

That talented Cork side were defeated by Kerry in the All-Ireland decider a month later but went on to clinch the Sam Maguire Cup the following year when beating Down in the final.

However, the current Cork team, now operating in Division Two of the League, have been uncompetitive at All-Ireland level in recent years and were hammered 3-18 to 2-4 by Kerry in last month's Munster Final.

Mickey Harte will not underestimate a county that has given his team trouble even in recent years but the Red Hands will still go into Saturday's contest as strong favourites to progress to the Super 8s.

Armagh and Roscommon's previous championships meetings included All-Ireland semi-final wins for the Orchard men in 1953 and 1977 (after a replay) although the Rossies avenged those defeats in the 1980 semi-final at Croke Park.

The counties have also met in the qualifiers on two occasions this decade with Roscommon winning 1-11 to 1-9 in 2012 and Armagh earning a 1-17 to 1-12 triumph on the way to the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2014.

Kildare and Fermanagh in second meeting

Fermanagh's only previous championship game with Kildare saw the Lilywhites earning a 0-11 to 0-5 qualifier win in 2008 a week after the Erne County's Ulster Final replay defeat by Armagh.

Rory Gallagher's Ernemen were hammered by Donegal in this year's Ulster decider eight days ago and may face a difficult task in regrouping against a Kildare side buoyed following their surprise defeat of Mayo.

Monday morning's draw means five Ulster counties could make the Super 8 series with Anglo-Celt Cup winners Donegal already assured of their place.

The groups for the new round-robin format, which is replacing the quarter-finals on a three-year trial basis, will be confirmed after the four qualifiers.

Group One comprises Kerry and Galway along with the winners of Fermanagh v Kildare and Laois v Monaghan.

All-Ireland champions Dublin are in Group Two with Donegal and the victors from Cork v Tyrone and Roscommon v Armagh.

All-Ireland SFC round four qualifiers

Saturday

Roscommon v Armagh - Portlaoise, 15:00 BST

Cork v Tyrone - Portlaoise, 17:00

Fermanagh v Kildare - Navan, 19:00

Sunday

Laois v Monaghan - Navan, 14:00