Mourne County aiming to secure promotion in Westmeath

By Shaun Casey WHILE not mathematically secured just yet, it looks likely that Sunday’s contest in TEG Cusack Park between Westmeath and Down could well be a dress rehearsal for a Division Three league final. The two teams currently sit at the top of the pile with an unblemished record of five wins from five […]

Open Season

1 Shane McGuigan 2-50 THE championship’s top scorer overall was also the key man from open play in a season to remember for Derry. Three of his tally came in Ederney on the opening day in the McKenna Cup against Fermanagh and the notched the same against the Kingdom in Croke Park. He hit 2-5 […]


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 […]

Making its mark

By Shaun Casey SINCE the attacking mark was added to the GAA rulebook a few years ago, it probably hasn’t been used and abused as much as Down and Cavan adapted the rule in last week’s Tailteann Cup quarter-final. Both teams utilized the mark very differently. The Mourne men’s adaptation was very much old school, […]

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 […]

Down defeat Waterford in Tailteann Cup opener

Down 2-14 Waterford 1-6 Down got their Tailteann Cup campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable victory over Waterford. There was little to excite the crowd in the first half and Down dominated proceedings after the turnaround. Pat Havern traded scores with Jason Curry (two frees each) before Conor Murray rifled home the […]

Doherty already looking to the next step

IT’S just minutes after Down’s win over Donegal. The sun is out and the fans pour on. Ceilum Doherty had that pleasant smile across his boyish face. For a footballing fanatic, life is more than good. This is living. These are the days you kick against the gable wall for. Soaking up every nugget of […]

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 […]