McParland keen to end Down trophy wait

By Niall McCoy DOWN defender Niall McParland has said that the Mourne County need to end their long wait for silverware as they look ahead to a Tailteann Cup campaign that has them ear-marked as one of the favourites. Down went out at the first stage last year as they lost heavily to Cavan, but […]

No major injury concerns for Armagh says McKeever

By Shaun Casey ARMAGH have no major injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s semi-final showdown with arch-rivals Down says Orchard coach Ciaran McKeever. Armagh welcomed Andrew Murnin, Conor O’Neill and Jarly Óg Burns back into the starting line up as they saw off Cavan with five points to spare, with all three having missed the preliminary […]

Clarke hoping home comforts will count against Donegal

THERE’S a feel-good factor around the Mourne County in the build up to their Ulster Championship opener this weekend. Conor Laverty’s Down host Donegal on Sunday afternoon, a side they haven’t beaten in the championship since 2010. Donegal have dominated the recent history between the two teams, winning the last four meetings, including the opening […]

Winning momentum huge for resurgent Down

By Shaun Casey WINNING is a habit, and that may be a cliched statement but for the Down footballers, that sentiment is seemingly ringing true. Conor Laverty’s side got their league campaign up and running with a win over Tipperary last weekend, although it was closer than it needed to be going down the stretch. […]

IN FOCUS: Mickey McVeigh – keeper of the flame

THIRTY-FIVE minutes into the 2003 Ulster final, things were looking ominous for Down. The Mourne men trailed Tyrone 0-8 to 0-6 and hadn’t led throughout the entire first half. While they weren’t being completely outplayed, they faced an uphill battle. That all changed just before half time when Benny Coulter raced along the endline, flattening […]