Kerry will face either Mayo or Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final, which will take place in three weeks’ time. After an entertaining day of action at Croke Park, we take a look at the major talking points as the Kingdom beat Galway and there was a Connacht stalemate in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Galway left to rue missed chances
The Tribesmen threatened the Kingdom goal throughout the game, but to no avail. Damien Comer stole in on several occasions, but Galway ran into two super Brian Kelly stops, and arguably should have been awarded a penalty in the second half.
For a team that had no troubles raising green flags last week, it was a complete turnaround. Had Galway found the net on at least one of their six goal chances, it could have been a very different game.
Kingdom’s captain fantastic
Johnny Buckley returned at centre forward for the Kingdom, and he made a hell of a difference throughout the game. Chipping in with two well take points in the first half, he was the focal point of the Kingdom kickout when Galway pushed up and they chose to go long.
They looked a slicker attack with the Dr Crokes man in the side, as Kieran Donaghy caused huge problems throughout the first half.
Have Rossies missed their chance?
Roscommon didn’t lose today, but have they missed their best chance of winning? Kevin McStay’s side can take huge heart from their performance, and had Mayo on the ropes at various stages, particularly after two early goals.
This has been a fantastic summer for Roscommon football, with the unexpected Connacht title. Win or lose the replay, 2017 will be looked back upon as a year of progress, but the Rossies won’t be sitting back to admire their work just yet.
Mayo do it the hard way once again
They just don’t do things the easy way, do they? Stephen Rochford’s side have stumbled their way through this championship, without putting in an entirely convincing performance at any point.
They face the Rossies once again with a place in the semi-final against Kerry on the line.
When and where will the replay be set?
Salthill looks the smart bet, especially considering Croke Park is already in use on Saturday and Sunday. However, with the Galway Races taking place this week, it’s not yet clear if this is completely viable.
We also don’t know which day will work best. Saturday (early before the Croke Park double bill), Sunday (before Tipperary vs Galway in hurling) or even the Bank Holiday Monday are all options.