Kerry v Mayo will get the fans excited

David Clifford and Joe O’Connor celebrate the National League final victory over Mayo in Croke Park on April 3

Kerry GAA supporters are wringing their hands in anticipation of a glamour All-Ireland Championship quarter-final clash with old rivals Mayo.

It was, in many ways, the draw that the county wanted to avoid given the danger that James Horan’s charges pose but it guarantees a glamour encounter that will whet the appetite in both counties.

The counties have met 28 times with Kerry winning 19, Mayo winning five times and four draws.

Mayo reached the quarter-final following their win over Kildare on Saturday in the round two qualifiers.

When the counties last met in the National League final in Croke Park on April 3 last, Kerry hammered Mayo by 15 points, with goals from Gavin White. David Clifford and Jason Foley helping the Kingdom to retain their crown.

In the other fixtures, Dublin will face Cork, Galway meet Armagh and Clare will take on Derry.

The draw was structured to ensure the provincial winners did not meet their respective province’s defeated finalists.

Kerry will play Mayo oin Croke Park on Sunday, June 26 at 4.00pm with the Armagh v Galway clash fixed for 1.45pm the same day.

The previous day Derry will play Clare at 3.45pm and Dublin will take on Cork at 6.00pm.

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