The race for the Sam Maguire rumbles on after another weekend of championship action. While perhaps there are higher profile teams in the ‘A’ side of the qualifiers draw, we may yet see an All-Ireland Football Championship bolter emerge from the other half.
This weekend, Monaghan had enough to see off Wexford, with Seamus McEnaney unable to overcome his native county.
Armagh picked up a deserved win away to Westmeath, and Carlow scooped their third championship win of the year, beating Leitrim 2-14 to 0-13.
Tipperary continued to prove that 2016 was no fluke as they earned an away victory over Cavan to march onto the next round.
The four teams now march onto the third round, where they will face off against each other.
The draw, as revealed this morning on RTÉ Radio 1, has kept the supposed big guns of Tipperary and Monaghan apart.
The Premier meet Armagh, after the sides met in Division 3. Tipp scored a dramatic winner late on in that clash, as they confirmed promotion to Division 2.
Meanwhile, Monaghan will be fancied to account for Carlow, but have had a poor qualifier record in recent years.
Draw for Round 3B of the football qualifiers (first team has home advantage):
Tipperary vs Armagh
Carlow vs Monaghan
They will take place on the 15/16 July, with venues and times are to be confirmed, and the winners will face off against the runners-up of the Leinster and Ulster finals in the next round.
With Tyrone and Dublin priced as heavy favourites to retain their respective crowns, it is expected that Down and Kildare will head for the back door to face these two winners, but there is a lot of football to be played between now and then.