Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has warned his players of the pitfalls of the early round of qualifiers despite what looks a favourable draw against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday week.

Limerick almost withdrew from their Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash with Clare due to frustration at an administrative error which left them, but suffered a 1-24 to 0-14 defeat and have been severely weakened in the last couple of season.

But after close calls against the likes of Fermanagh, Derry and Clare in recent times, the Mayo boss has said his players can’t take progression for granted.

A narrow defeat to Galway in the Connacht Senior Football Championship has left last year’s All-Ireland runner-up facing a long road back this summer, but he is looking at the positives.

"We were in that game right up until injury-time and got hit by a fine Johnny Heaney goal," Rochford told RTÉ Sport.

"There was a number of things that we know we can do better on.

"We created a lot of scoring opportunities that we didn't execute. We must do that better for the game against Limerick.

"The reality is we're in the backdoor now and we have to face that challenge as it comes.

"Our approach going forward is the glass is still very much half full. We will go into the Limerick game understanding the potential banana skin that it is.

"There will be a lot of noise from the media and the public in a sense that Mayo should take this game, but what we've experienced in 2016 and 2017 is any of the first games in the qualifiers is really, really tricky and have to be respected. That's what we'll be showing to Limerick."