Lacey joy at Kilcoo victory

By Shaun Casey FORMER Donegal defender Karl Lacey managed Kilcoo to their 11th county title in 12 seasons last weekend, his first in the bainisteoir bib. The 2012 Footballer of the Year, took over from Conleith Gilligan and Richie Thornton, who stepped down after the Magpie’ surrendered their Ulster title to Glen last season, and oversaw Kilcoo’s nine-point […]

Kilcoo continue Down Championship dominance

Kilcoo 2-12 Burren 0-9 Kilcoo collected the Frank O’Hare Cup for the eleventh time in twelve years as they claimed a convincing victory over Burren. A first half scoring spree along with second half goals from Miceal Rooney and Paul Devlin led Karl Lacey’s side to victory. Burren started brightly with points from Liam Kerr […]

Meenagh joins Conor Laverty’s backroom team in Down

CIARÁN Meenagh has joined the backroom team of Conor Laverty’s Down Senior Footballers, it has emerged this evening. Meenagh had been involved with Derry since 2018, originally in a coaching capacity before stepping into the management position vacated by Rory Gallagher in the lead-in to this year’s Ulster final. Subsequent to their impressive showing against […]

Downpatrick hoping to flip result

By Niall McCoy TWO of the four Down quarter-finals in the coming days are repeat pairings from earlier in the competition, and for RGU Downpatrick’s Conor O’Neill he is hoping for a change in fortunes. After an opening win over Saul, the Hoops came up against Clonduff and lost by seven points to the Hilltown […]

McParland: Down must jam revolving door

By Niall McCoy DOWN defender Niall McParland believes the Mourne County will never return to the heights of the past unless they install some stability in the entire operation. Recent times have been dominated by a revolving door when it comes to players and something similar in terms of managers, with seven over the last […]

Golden Oldies

By Shaun Casey Antrim – Paddy Cunningham (Lámh Dhearg) Cunningham made a stunning return for Antrim during Enda McGinley’s era and helped the Saffron’s climb out of the bottom division. That was in 2021 and two years on, Cunningham, one of the most accurate attackers in Antrim football, is still plying his trade at club […]

Croker experience will stand to us: Laverty

By Niall Gartland DISAPPOINTED Down boss Conor Laverty hopes that their Tailteann Cup experience will ultimately stand to his team in future years. The Mourne men couldn’t have any complaints as they were out-gunned by a powerful Meath side at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon, but it still represented a disappointing end to the season. […]

Down unchanged for Royal rumble

By Shaun Casey Conor Laverty has named the same starting 15 for tomorrow’s Tailteann Cup final from the side that hammered Laois in the semi-final. Hattrick hero from that day, Liam Kerr starts at centre half forward while Down top scorer Pat Havern is once again the target man on the edge of the square. […]

Down not getting carried away says Laverty

By Niall Gartland WHILE Down couldn’t have been any more convincing winners in their Tailteann Cup semi-final rout of Laois, Conor Laverty acknowledged that it’s unlikely to be quite so simple in their final clash against Meath in a fortnight’s time. Down banged in eight goals in a supreme attacking performance against Billy Sheehan’s Laois, […]

Croker dream coming true for Kerr

TAILTEANN CUP SEMI-FINAL Down v Laois Sunday, Croke Park, 4pm (LIVE ON RTÉ) By Shaun Casey Advertisement EVERY youngster’s dream is to strip out in their county’s colours and run out on to the Croke Park turf. Liam Kerr will get the chance to fulfil that ambition this weekend as Down take on Laois. And […]