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 […]

Saval aim to put frustrating season behind them

By Shaun Casey DOWN’S 2022 intermediate champions Saval have endured a frustrating season to date but make their return to the top tier this weekend as they take on Glenn. The loss of a number of key men has hindered their campaign and boss Danny Hughes (right), an All-Star winner with Down in 2010, explains […]

Duffin: It’s do or die for Loughinisland’s league hopes

By Shaun Casey LOUGHINISLAND may not be able to win the league on Friday evening, but they can certainly lose it when they take on table-toppers Carryduff away from home. The league leaders are currently one point clear of Kevin Duffin’s Loughinisland ahead of the final round of fixtures. “If you take care of your business […]

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, […]

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 […]