SUNDAY 21 JULY

All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase 2 (Group 1) 
Mayo v Meath, Croke Park, 2pm 
Kerry v Donegal, Croke Park, 4pm

ONLINE
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 1.30pm on Sunday.

RADIO
Sunday Sport from 1.30pm on RTÉ Radio 1 will have live commentary on both games, with Pauric Lodge and Eamonn O'Hara describing Mayo-Meath, while Brian Carthy and John Casey will have their eyes fixed on Kerry-Donegal.  

Spórt an Lae on Raidió na Gaeltachta will also have live commentary on the two games.

TV
The Sunday Game Live on RTÉ One from 1pm comes live from Croke Park. Joanne Cantwell will be joined by Kevin McStay, Colm O'Rourke and Monaghan footballer Conor McManus for analysis of the day's action.

Coverage of both live games also on GAAGO.

Highlights of all the weekend's action on The Sunday Game and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm on RTÉ2, with analysis from Ciarán Whelan, Éamonn Fitzmaurice and Tomás Ó Se. 

WEATHER
Sunday will be a breezy day with outbreaks of rain, possibly turning heavy in the west and north with the best chance of dry and bright weather in the east. Highest temperatures of 19 to 23 degrees in fresh southerly winds. For more go to met.ie

Can Meath profit from Mayo's hectic schedule?

Mayo team in a huddle at Fitzgerald Stadium

In the heat of Killarney against a Kerry side that were well primed for the battle, Mayo looked very leggy and their distribution of the ball for the most part was poor. That said, if Cillian O'Connor had raised a green flag instead of white from a second-half penalty, the Green and Red could have been a little bit closer to the Kingdom at the end.

That's only some consolation, however, as Horan's charges only briefly managed to live with Kerry's tempo.

The Kingdom also bossed the midfield exchanges, while Brendan Harrison had a tough day at the office trying to keep tabs on David Clifford.

With a crippling injury list and a fourth game in as many weeks, events just caught up with this Mayo team.

Horan, perhaps wisely, knowing that the game was up, did call the likes of Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Fionn McDonagh and James Carr ashore.

Yet, the introduction of that wise head Andy Moran did give Mayo a bit more focus when he came on. You can expect him to start against the Royals .

Meath did give Donegal a few things to think about

Against Donegal in Ballybofey, Andy McEntee's Meath were certainly spirited. At one point in the second half, the Leinster side led 1-12 to 1-11, with Bryan McMahon, Brian Menton and Darragh Campion spearheading their surge. However, in the flick of a switch, Donegal found their own turbo-charge button to outscore their opposition 1-08 to 0-01 and ultimately ran out comfortable winners.

After the game, McEntee was left to rue his side's collapse in that second period.

Andy McEntee in pensive mood

He told RTÉ Sport: "A point up with 15 to go, we didn't see it through. There’s a lesson to be learnt again but that’s not the first time we’ve got ourselves into that position.

"Very few teams come up here and get a result, especially in Championship football, so when you look at it in the cold light of day, we were there or thereabouts with 15 to go, but Donegal showed the experience they have and the confidence they have in their system of play."

"We switched off for a second, from a long kick-out and momentum seemed to shift. Against a quality team when you lose momentum it's very hard to get it back again and that’s probably what we found today."

Things getting heated all of 23 years ago 

Of course, this fixtures will evoke memories of the 1996 All-Ireland final, which Meath won after a replay, but not before we all witnessed the mill beneath the Hill. The last championship meeting between the sides was a 2009 All-Ireland quarter-final date and again the Royals were victorious.

Mickey Newman

You have to go back to the 1951 All-Ireland final for the last time Mayo had the upperhand. And of course that was the last year they achieved you know what. 

Back to the present, much focus will be on how Mayo deal with Meath's half-back trio of Donal Keogan, Padraic Harnan and Gavin McCoy who do love to bomb forward. In attack, the Royals are also well served by Mickey Newman and Cillian O'Sullivan.

Mayo are the favourites to get their Super 8s back on track in spite of Joe Brolly's view on The Sunday Game that "they're gone, they're definitely gone".

That said, you couldn't say they are warm favourites, but if they do get the job done, they will then have a fortnight to get more bodies back to full fitness before Donegal come to Castlebar on 3 August. 

Heavyweight contest in store

Just as we all relished the prospect of last Sunday in Killarney, Kerry and Donegal locking horns at Croker is another game that summer Sundays are made for, with the added prospect that it should be a lot tighter on the scoreboard than was the case at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Kerry were really good against Mayo. They started at pace, put space between the teams early on and then cantered for home. They scored 1-22, and only for a little lack of concentration late on, they would have added to that tally. 

After their league final victory over the Kingdom, James Horan felt Mayo could have won more comfortably. Add that to the notion that this Kerry team could be bullied and then a somewhat far from perfect Munster final performance, well everything was surely set up for Peter Keane's side to answer their critics.

David Moran sets up a Kerry attack against Mayo

They did that in Killarney in a game where David Moran lorded it in midfield, Sean O'Shea gave Lee Keegan more than a few headaches, while Tom O'Sullivan nullified the influence of the recent YouTube sensation James Carr. And then there is a full-forward line which oozes class. 

After the game, Kerry were elevated as the best of the rest behind Dublin. You would, however, have to temper such elevation on the back of how ordinary Mayo were on the day.

Still, Kevin McStay, while sitting in the RTÉ studio, liked what he saw last weekend and offered a comparison with the best team in the land.

"As a cohesive unit, they have not done the body of work the Dubs have done. 

"On an individual basis in terms of skill level and movement, they are every bit as good and in some instances better. They have three or four that are better. 

"The Dublin machine is still ahead of them in the job of work they do, week in, week out."     

Donegal have a tough bridge to cross against the Munster champions

Donegal will offer a sterner examination even though they will be without Eoghan Bán Gallagher who sustained an ankle injury and is unlikely to see any more action this summer.  

Declan Bonner's troops produced an impressive late surge in accounting for Meath, but for 50 or so minutes, they failed to reach any great heights and there was a lack of intensity in how they moved the ball.

Also, the Donegal midfield struggled for long stages and their defence looked vulnerable when Meath built up a head of steam in the second half. 

That said, they came through with some degree of comfort in the end after the likes of Michael Murphy, Ryan McHugh and Paddy McBrearty imposed their will on the game.

Shaun Patton

Donegal keeper Shaun Patton is gaining the plaudits this summer and his ability to find team-mates from his long or short kicks is certainly aiding his county's cause. He was also to the fore in setting up many of the scores that saw Donegal over the line round one.

On The Sunday Game, Joe Brolly likes what he is seeing from Bonner's outfit, while adding that he has changed an "established culture" in the north-west. 

"He was humble enough to bring in Stephen Rochford to work on the strategy," said Brolly.

"Whereas Tyrone have lost their nerve, and they've gone back to their 2017 style of defensive football, which will wear down most teams, Donegal have decided that 'we're happy to ship some scores, because we're going going to score more than you with the way we're playing.'

"It's a bit like the Dubs."

Did you know

This will be only the third championship meeting involving Kerry and Donegal, with one win each from their previous encounters. The Ulster side prevailed by 1-12 to 1-10 in the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final, while two years later the Kingdom got revenge in the All-Ireland final, winning 2-09 to 0-12. 

Somewhat surprising is that Kerry will be looking for a first win in five competitive games at GAA HQ.  

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