Kingdom on the double for Mayo

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Eyes on it: Jason Doherty keeps his eye on the ball despite the close contact from Kildare's Shea Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile.

Eyes on it: Jason Doherty keeps his eye on the ball despite the close contact from Kildare's Shea Ryan. Photo: Sportsfile.

It's a Kerry double for Mayo next weekend with both the seniors and the minors facing the Kingdom in championship encounters.

The big draw is the senior game which will see Mayo take on Kerry for the third time this year at 4pm on Sunday, June 26, in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter finals in Croke Park.

The day previously Sean Deane's minors will also be taking on the Munster men - this time at the semi-final stage of the All Ireland series; that game will take place in Tullamore at 2.45pm.

For the senior side they will go looking to see off Kerry for the first time since the 2019 National Football League Final, when they ran out 3-11 to 2-10 winners on a memorable day in Croke Park.

However, since then, Mayo have failed to tame the Kingdom in their last four league and championship meetings, starting with a heavy defeat in a Super Eight clash in Killarney in the summer of 2019 and most recently, this year's National Football League final where they suffered a chastening loss to Jack O'Connor's men, being dismantled on a scrolling of 3-19 to 0-13 in Croke Park at the start of April.

Kerry have sauntered their way though the championship to date, seeing off Cork by 12 points on a score of 0-23 to 0-11 - in a game they pulled away from the Rebels over the course of the final 25 minutes or so. They backed that up with another powerful performance, easing their way past Limerick in the Munster Final 1-28 to 0-8 at the end of May.

Mayo, for their part, have overcome the disappointment of being beaten by Galway in the Connacht Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final at the tail-end of April to see off Monaghan and most recently, Kildare, to book their place in the last eight and will go into the game in a battle-hardened shape.

As for the Mayo minors, they have an impeccable record in championship action, wining their four group games in the Connacht Minor Football Championship, before seeing off Galway in the provincial final on the June Bank Holiday Monday. They backed that up last Sunday to see off Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter-Final to book their spot in the last four.

Mayo were the only provincial winners to back up their provincial title and book a spot in the final four with Cork, Dublin and Tyrone all being knocked out by sides who failed to win their provincial title. Kerry were one of those sides who shook off the losing to Cork in the Munster final to see off Tyrone in the All Ireland quarter final last weekend.

An enthralling weekend of football is coming up for Mayo supporters.


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