Goals paved the way as Down take the title

TG4 Intermediate Football Championship Final  Down 2-9  Monaghan 0-14  DOWN made it back-to-back Ulster championships when they held off a battling Monaghan to claim the intermediate title to follow up on last year’s junior crown. When Laoise Duffy struck for their second goal at the beginning of the second half it looked like the Mourne […]

King: The Clare full-back line gave little away

Down’s Niamh King looks at the teams and players she has faced… Name: Niamh King. Age: 19. Teams played for: Aughlisnafin, Castlewellan and Down. Advertisement Who are your main rivals? For club it would be Bryansford and for county it would have to be Antrim. Which opposition ground do you like playing on and why? […]

The northern nights: The team of the Ulster SFC

The dust has settled on the Ulster Championship with Donegal taking the title after another dramatic encounter. Michael McMullan names his team of the championship. 1 Shaun Patton (Donegal) IT’S hard to look past him despite the competition for his spot and missing out against Tyrone with injury. His kick-outs and control of the square […]

Down ready for inaugural All-Ireland ‘B’ final

By Niall Gartland DOWN u-20s have embraced the new All-Ireland ‘B’ competition and they can create a slice of history by becoming the first team to win the tournament if they get the better of Westmeath on Saturday. It slipped under the radar somewhat but the Mourne lads came out on top of a seriously […]

A weekend of final action

Compiled by Jackie Cahill THERE’S more provincial silverware up for grabs over the coming weekend – with finals scheduled in Leinster, Munster and Ulster. In the TG4 Munster Senior Final in Mallow on Saturday (4pm), Cork will look to make it five successive titles when they take on Kerry, a game that is preceded by […]

Down can dominate cup opener

By Shaun Casey AFTER crashing out of the Ulster Championship at the hands of their fiercest rivals Armagh, Down will have swiftly switched all their attention towards the Tailteann Cup and ending the season on a high. They showed enough against the Orchard County to suggest that they are one of the favourites for the […]

Collins calls time on 10-year Mourne career

By Michael McMullan GERARD Collins has announced his retirement from inter-county football Gaelic Life can confirm. The RGU Downpatrick man made his debut in 2015 in a comfortable win over Westmeath in Mullingar before making his first championship appearance against Monaghan the following year. While part of the Down squad this season and making substitute […]

Down enjoying step up

By Shaun Casey LAST year’s Ulster Junior Championship Down winners are now one victory away from competing in the Intermediate decider, but their focus will first be on Antrim this weekend before they look that far ahead. Peter Lynch and Caoibhe Sloan’s side, who also clinched All-Ireland glory in 2023, have already clocked up one […]

Duffin embracing the difficulties of life in Division Two

By Shaun Casey FOLLOWING three seasons in charge of Loughinisland, Kevin Duffin is now leading the way with RGU Downpatrick in Division Two and while he admits the standard is certainly different, he’s enjoying his first year in charge. “There’s a brave change between Division One and Division Two, RGU have been in Division Two […]

Mourne County hoping to add to Westmeath woes

By Niall McCoy GIVEN how the fixtures have played out to date, Down can all but guarantee one of their key objectives for the season when Westmeath visit Ballycran on Saturday – safety. Of course Ronan Sheehan’s side have ambitions higher than that, but it would be nice to go into the last few games […]