What a tie we have in prospect here. It’s all on the line for Donegal and Mayo as they lock horns in Tullamore, and not even a victory might be good enough for Donegal to advance.
Donegal v Mayo; Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore, 1.30pm – LIVE on TG4
Donegal have to win by four points or more to guarantee a safe passage to the last eight – while a three-point win for Maxi Curran’s side would see Donegal, Tyrone and Mayo all locked together on three points, and on a zero scoring difference.
In that case, a play-off situation will be required to determine the two quarter-finalists from Group 4.
The LGFA has confirmed that, in the case of a three-way tie, a draw will take place, with the first team out finishing second in Group 4, and playing against the Group 1 table-toppers in the quarter-finals.
The remaining two teams will play off, for the right to finish first in Group 4, on Sunday, August 4, at 2pm.
The winners of that play-off game would then play on August 10 in the All-Ireland quarter-final, against the second-placed team from Group 1.
A potential play-off tie would be played at a neutral venue, with a result on the day.
Donegal are the reigning Ulster champions but they were shocked by Tyrone, who they had beaten in the province, in the group stages of the All-Ireland series.
Mayo are currently on top of the standings on three points, with a +3 scoring difference, Tyrone are second on three points and zero scoring difference, while pointless Donegal currently prop up the standings on a -3 scoring difference.
Donegal (v Mayo): A McColgan; T Doherty, E Gallagher, K Keeney; N Carr, N McLaughlin, A.M. McGlynn; K Herron, E McGinley; K Guthrie, N Hegarty, A Boyle Carr; S McGroddy, G McLaughlin, N Boyle.
Mayo (v Donegal): A Tarpey; N O’Malley, R Flynn, D Caldwell; É Ronayne, Ciara McManamon, C Whyte; Clodagh McManamon, D Finn; F Doherty, S Cafferky, N Kelly; S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly.