In a first for GAA bosses they are keeping their fingers crossed that there won’t be any draws in the three third-round qualifiers this weekend. If any of the ties were to end level it could have a serious impact on the scheduling of the remainder of the All-Ireland football championship.
The three matches in Limerick (Limerick v Waterford), Casement Park (Antrim v Down) and Navan (Meath v Kildare) all need to have an outright winner if the GAA are to have a trouble free run in with their fixture list. A draw would make it very difficult to hold an All-Ireland quarter-final draw on Sunday, July 24, because of the restrictions it would impose on the potential permutations. The GAA’s Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) would have to postpone the draw a week and also put back the All-Ireland quarter-finals by six or seven days, leaving the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of July and beginning of August without any fixtures.