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 […]

Making its mark

By Shaun Casey SINCE the attacking mark was added to the GAA rulebook a few years ago, it probably hasn’t been used and abused as much as Down and Cavan adapted the rule in last week’s Tailteann Cup quarter-final. Both teams utilized the mark very differently. The Mourne men’s adaptation was very much old school, […]

Tailteann Cup semi-final draw

By Michael McMullan THE draw for the Tailteann Cup semi-finals was made on Monday morning with Antrim manager Andy McEntee set to face his native Meath. Down v Laois Meath v Antrim The semi-finals will be played at Croke Park on Sunday. Advertisement Down and Meath were kept apart in the draw after crossing paths […]

Magill major secures semi spot for Down

Cavan 0-15 Down 1-17 DOWN booked their spot in the semi-final of the Tailteann Cup with a five point victory in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday afternoon. Danny Magill’s 68th goal sealed the deal for Conor Laverty’s side, who led for the majority of the game. Both teams utilised the mark to great effect in […]