Long­ford top of mar­ginal coun­ties

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS -

SINCE the ad­vent of the All-Ire­land quar­ter-fi­nals in 2001, nine coun­ties have failed to make it at least once to the last eight stage.

While the qual­i­fiers pro­vide a path­way to the last eight, de­spite vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess break­ing through that glass ceil­ing has been be­yond the reach of those coun­ties, which would sug­gest that the Su­per 8s — which re­place the quar­ter-fi­nal knock-out round next sea­son — will be out of reach once more.

That said, some have been un­luck­ier than oth­ers, not least Long­ford who boast, by a dis­tance, the best qual­i­fier record of those who are still wait­ing for their shot at the big time.

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