Down can end final hoodoo

By Niall Gartland THIRD time’s the charm? Down were stumped by Meath in last year’s Tailteann Cup final, and their Division Three final against Westmeath back in March didn’t exactly go according to plan either, but there’s something to be said for sheer bouncebackability and they find themselves strong favourites to prevail in Sunday’s Tailteann […]

Armagh All-Ireland winner Justin McNulty set for Laois return

JUSTIN McNulty is expected to be  ratified as the new manager of the Laois senior football team, his second term at the helm. The Armagh All-Ireland winning defender will be offered a three-year term with a backroom team yet to be finalised. McNulty would replace Billy Sheehan who stepped at the end of last season […]

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 […]

Fermanagh make one change for Laois clash

By Michael McMullan FERMANAGH have made one change for Saturday’s visit of Laois to Brewster Park (6pm) Darragh McGurn is against listed to start ahead of Tommy McCaffery who started ahead of McGurn in last week’s defeat at the hands of Antrim. With the exceptions of Cian McManus, Johnny Cassidy and Darragb McGurn sitting out […]

Erne boss hoping for ‘response’ in knock-out clash

By Mark McGoldrick FERMANAGH manager Kieran Donnelly is expecting a huge challenge from Laois this Saturday evening in Brewster Park (6pm) , in the Tailteann Cup preliminary quarter-final. The Erne County were hoping to make it straight into the last eight, but defeat to Antrim at the weekend means they now face a preliminary clash against Laois. […]

Antrim sunk by Dwyer injury time point in Portlaoise

ALLIANZ NHL DIVISION 1B Laois 1-20 Antrim 1-19 By Michael McMullan A GOAL from Neil McManus wasn’t enough to stop a wasteful Antrim falling to a fourth successive league defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon in Portlaoise. The Saffrons face Tipperary in their final game, with a relegation play-off to follow based on Laois […]

Antrim face crunch trip to Portlaoise

By Michael McMullan AFTER a league campaign that has showed more than enough promise, Antrim hurlers need to play better and for longer in Sunday’s crunch clash with Laois, insists captain Conor McCann. The Saffrons have ran all three opponents – Kilkenny (three points), Dublin (four) and an in-form Waterford (two) – close in their […]

Derry edge Antrim as Cavan and Down fall short

It was an Ulster derby clash in the first round of fixtures in Division Four as Antrim hosted Derry in Corrigan Park.  Both sides harbour ambitions of promotion and the intensity of the game despite tough conditions proved these credentials. Derry led 0-6 to 0-1 at the break and this lead was extended early in […]

Laois ordered to replay Armagh game

THE GAA have ordered a replay between Laois and Armagh after the O’Moore county used seven substitutes in Saturday’s Qualifier win.