Down footballers primed for trip to Ruislip

By Niall Gartland BOTH Down and London claimed 14-point victories in their first Tailteann Cup outings of the year, so both camps will be high on confidence ahead of their meeting at Ruislip this Saturday. Conor Laverty’s Down side claimed a comfortable victory over Limerick last weekend, a professional performance that saw them get back […]

McKernan: Down’s midfield maestro Murdock “a different level”

By Shaun Casey FORMER Down defender Kevin McKernan says his clubmate Odhran Murdock is “a different level of footballer” and isn’t surprised that the young midfielder is producing the goods in the red and black of Down. James McCartan handed Murdock his inter-county championship debut in the opening round of the 2022 Ulster Championship, and […]

Down qualify for Tailteann Cup quarters

Tailteann Cup Down 1-20 Longford 1-12 DOWN booked their place in the Tailteann Cup quarter-finals with a determined second half display, seeing off Longford by seven points. Things looked ominous in the first half, but Down did enough to turn it around in the second half and secure victory. Advertisement The sides were equally matched […]

Down can secure last-eight spot

By Niall Gartland AUTOMATIC progression to the Tailteann Cup quarter-finals is the prize on offer for table-toppers Down and Meath in Saturday’s final group stage clash in Parnell Park (1pm). As things stand, Down’s superior score difference separates them from Meath at the top of group two. However, if Down lose this one, they’ll face into […]

Burren’s new crop

A staggering 14 of Down’s u-20 panel hail from the Burren. Michael McMullan chatted to coach Stephen O’Hare and two of the players about the club’s new golden generation. ANYONE who really knows their GAA will be versed in Burren. Of the 28 winners of the All-Ireland Club Championship, they are one of nine to […]

Down embark on All-Ireland mission

All-Ireland U-20 FC semi-final Down v Kildare Saturday, Parnell Park, 7pm (Live on TG4) By Michael McMullan IT was a disappointing day for Down on Sunday in Clones, but their u-20s can kick the county back on track in Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final. The Ulster champions take on last year’s All-Ireland runners-up Kildare who have seven […]

Down and Derry set for u-20 final showdown

Ulster U-20 FC final Down v Derry Wednesday, BOX-IT Athletic Grounds, 7.30pm By Michael McMullan DOWN and Derry lock horns in Wednesday night’s u-20 decider with both sides hoping to add to a rich pedigree in the competition. Conor Laverty led the Mourne County to the title two years ago with Derry last winning the […]

Preview: A different championship landscape

Ulster SFC quarter-final Down v Donegal Sunday, Páirc Esler, 2pm By Michael McMullan WHAT a difference two years can make. Donegal were facile winners, 2-25 to 1-12, over Down in Páirc Esler in the 2021 championship opener. A lot has changed. Declan Bonner was Donegal’s manager. Paddy Tally was in charge of the Mourne County […]

Time to shine, it’s championship time

With the inter-county season heading for the business end, Michael McMullan lists some players to watch out for in the championship for a variety of reasons. Lachlan Murray (Derry) EVERYBODY knows Shane McGuigan and what he can do. Elsewhere, Niall Toner turned him 0-6 from last season into a regular starting spot. While his goals […]

Down still have plenty to play for

By Shaun Casey DOWN may be out of the promotion race, due to the head-to-head advantage Cavan and Fermanagh hold, but that shouldn’t deter their intentions of finishing off their Division Three campaign off with a win against Offaly. Following their winless 2022 season, the Mourne men have bounced back considerably this season under the […]