Improvement needed for Mayobridge minors says Poland

By Michael McMullan MAYOBRIDGE minors will need to improve on their quarter-final performance, insists joint manager Francie Poland. The Down champions were 1-7 to 1-5 winners over St Paul’s and now face Cavan Gaels on St Stephen’s Day (Shaw’s Road, 1pm). When St Paul’s hit their goal midway through the second half, Poland had the […]

Band of brothers – Rostrevor’s men of ’98

It’s 25 years since Rostrevor got their hands on the Frank O’Hare Cup. Conor Daly was part of their winning team and he spoke with Michael McMullan about their path to glory THERE were many pieces that made up the Rostrevor’s championship winning jigsaw of 1998, but Michael Daly and Vincent Murphy were two of […]

A four-way title race in Down

BY KIERAN LYNCH WHILST Tuesday night’s draw threw up some interesting pairings in the Down Senior Championship, there is still a lot to play for in the league, with Loughinisland and Carryduff neck and neck at the top, through 11 games in Division One. There are still seven games to go in Down and a lot […]

IN FOCUS: Benny Coulter – Star of the County Down

By Shaun Casey BENNY Coulter was the ultimate wonderkid. From an early age he was destined for stardom. Just type his name in to YouTube and you’ll be bombarded with a series of career highlights that many of the all-time greats would be proud of. You’ll soon come across the one of a youthful Coulter […]

Poacher joins Fermanagh hurlers

FORMER Roscommon and Carlow coach Steven Poacher has been added to the Fermanagh hurling management team for the 2023 season. Erne boss Joe Baldwin had intended to add a strong presence to his coaching team for the season ahead and has landed on the Newry native. Poacher had been linked to the Fermanagh football job […]

Crunch time in Down Championships

DOWN SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE CASTLEWELLAN V GLENN Friday, Ballymartin, 7.30pm Glenn were 10-point losers to Carryduff the last day out and it’s now must win territory against Castlewellan who will be eyeing up a place in the next round and may just get over the line. Advertisement Verdict: Castlewellan   MAYOBRIDGE V DOWNPATRICK […]

Another weekend of action on the Down club scene

THERE will be a weekend of action in down both in the front door and in the qualifiers as teams enter the last chance saloon. SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TWO LOUGHINISLAND V WARRENPOINT Friday, Kilcoo, 7.30pm Warrenpoint eased past Saul in the first round, team captain Donagh McAleenan excelling, but they’ll face a much stiffer […]

Down appoint Benny Coulter as their new minor manager

DOWN have appointed former senior star Benny Coulter as their new minor football manager. The Mayobridge All-Star was on the county’s 1999 winning minor team and came close to adding a senior medal when the county lost the 2010 decider to Cork. Coulter – who is currently the manager of Rostrevor – was ratified at […]

Mayobridge boss Poacher hoping for scoring intent against Burren

By Kieran Lynch DOWN’S Senior and Intermediate Championships get underway this weekend, and the fixture administrators have arguably saved the best for last, with Monday night’s clash between Burren and Mayobridge concluding the first-round action. Ahead of the game, Mayobridge manager Steven Poacher spoke to Gaelic Life, and he took the positives out of a […]