Never before in football history has a game taken place so late in the inter-county season with so little riding on it.

In fact, there's absolutely nothing at stake in this match, but the pride of the two teams taking part.

You cannot get further off Broadway in the race for Sam Maguire than Cork-Roscommon on Sunday afternoon.

At the final whistle in this Super 8s game there will only be three games left in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship – two semi-finals and the decider itself.

Matches this deep into the season should matter - really matter - but this one will have absolutely no material effect on the outcome of 2019 season.

Roscommon came into the Super 8s as Connacht champions while Cork snuck in through the back door.

The Rossies got the kinder draw to start, Tyrone at home while Cork had Dublin away, but once they lost their opening fixture there was already a palpable sense that their season was over.

Their hope was to get something out of this game, write off the meeting with the Dubs at Croke Park and then go into the final round of games with something on the line.

Roscommon lost to Dublin at Croke Park

The Rebels were always on the back foot up against the Boys in Blue and the Red Hand on consecutive weekends at Croke Park and though they played reasonably well in both, they ended up pointless and out of the competition with a game still to play.

So here we are, Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final with nothing only pride to play for.

"We are at a point where we can’t turn our nose up at any game," said Cork boss Ronan McCarthy, who will be in charge of a team playing Division 3 football next season despite some strong performances in the championship.

"We’ll prepare for this properly, the same way we have for other games. We’ll be coming into that game looking to win it and keep the bit of momentum going."

There were club league finals played at various levels in Cork last weekend and McCarthy released any player from his squad whose club was involved, totaling just under a dozen players. That would hardly have happened had Sunday’s game been a live prospect.

Out of action: Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Roscommon boss Anthony Cunningham didn’t release his players to take part in last weekend’s round of club league matches, though those fixtures had been 'starred’ from the start of the season meaning they were to be played without county panel members.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is closed at the moment as the troublesome pitch is relaid, meaning this game is to take place at the nearby and much smaller Páirc Uí Rinn. It’s probably just as well as the 2,000-or-so fans expected would be lost at the larger ground.

Interest in this game isn’t high, not helped by the €25 ticket prices, and the viewing figures for the live broadcast on RTÉ Player aren’t expected to break any records.

Last year five of the eight teams in the Super 8s had something to play for coming into the final day, Dublin already through on top of their group with Kildare and Roscommon eliminated.

However, last year’s final round didn’t feature a total dead rubber due to the way the fixtures fell, unlike this weekend, so this is a first for the GAA and may not help this quarter-final experiment live beyond its three-year trial, which concludes in 2020.

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