Tyrone advance but Donegal falter as Super 8s action comes to a close
The semi-final spots in the All-Ireland SFC has been decided following the conclusion of Super 8s action on Sunday afternoon.
Mayo will aim to overcome the mighty Dublin in the first of the semi-finals, with Tyrone taking on Kerry a day later in Croke Park.
Donegal is perhaps the biggest name to bow out at the quarter-final stage.
A win for Donegal would have secured a first semi-final outing in five years for the reigning Ulster champions.
However, a 1-14 to 1-10 defeat spelled the end of the Tir Chonaill men’s campaign.
On the same evening, Kerry sealed their place in the semi-final with a comfortable eight-point victory over Meath.
The Kingdom missed out on the semi-final last year and will be pleased to have topped the Super 8 group this time round courtesy of a 2-18 to 1-13 defeat of Meath.
On Sunday afternoon, there was little left to play for in group 2.
Having already booked their place in the semi-finals, Dublin and Tyrone made a raft of changes to their starting 15s as the teams squared off in Healy Park.
Dublin beat Tyrone by six points, scoring 1-16 in the process to Tyrone’s 13 points. Tyrone were unfortunate not to register a goal of their own, hitting the crossbar and coming close on several other occasions.
Victory in Omagh secured top spot for the Dubs in their Super 8s group.
Meanwhile, Roscommon and Cork, having failed to pick up a point in the quarter-final group stages, played out their dead rubber contest.
However, the scoreline belied the occasion, as fans were treated to seven goals in a tight battle between the teams.
The Rossies had just enough in their arsenal, scoring four goals to Cork’s three. The game finished 4-09 to 3-09 in Roscommon’s favour.