Thursday, May 20, 2021

Mayo won’t be daunted by the draw for the round-robin phase of the 2021 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship, which was made on Thursday night.

Grace Kelly of Mayo in action against Sarah Marley of Armagh during last year’s All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship match in Parnell Park. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

They have, however, been pitted in the only four-team group in the competition, and interestingly their opponents are all from Ulster.

Aside from Mayo, Group A also contains Armagh, who reached the 2020 semi-finals on the back of a victory over the Green and Red, along with Cavan and Monaghan.

Michael Moyles’ Green and Red outfit commences its 2021 Lidl National League campaign against Connacht rivals Galway on Saturday evening (Live on TG4), with the championship draw having placed the Tribeswomen in Group D where they are joined by Kerry and Donegal.

Two teams from each group will progress to the TG4 All-Ireland quarter-final stage,

Reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin have been grouped with Tyrone and Waterford and Cork, the 2020 runners-up, have been drawn with Munster rivals Tipperary and 2020 intermediate champions Meath.

Mayo players ahead of their clash with Cavan in 2018. The teams have been paired together once again. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The draws were conducted at Ceannáras TG4 in Baile na hAbhann, Co. Galway, with Dublin, Cork, Galway and Armagh, the 2020 semi-finalists, all seeded.

In the Intermediate Championship, Sligo are pitted against 2020 runners-up Westmeath, Longford and Wexford in Group A.

Group B contains Leitrim, Clare and Fermanagh, the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Junior champions.

In Group C, 2020 semi-finalists Roscommon have been drawn with Leinster neighbours Kildare and Laois, while Group D contains Offaly, Down and Louth.

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