Down ladies have picked up a head of steam

By Niall Gartland DOWN ladies have built up a head of steam as they bid to reach the All-Ireland Intermediate final for the first time since winning the competition outright in 2014. The Mourne girls endured an indifferent start to the season, losing their opening two league games, but since then they have embarked on […]

Joint-manager Lynch delighted with Down’s battling qualities

By Shaun Casey DOWN survived a stunning second-half comeback from Monaghan to collect the Ulster Intermediate Championship title, to follow up on their Junior Ulster and All-Ireland success of last season. A Laoise Duffy goal at the start of the second period gave the Mourne ladies a ten-point lead, but Monaghan clawed their way back into […]

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 […]

Strong defence and super subs can help Down claim title

By Kieran Lynch WITH the All-Ireland Junior Championship final just days away, Down co-manager Peter Lynch says that his team are in good shape before the biggest game of the year. The Mourne Ladies take on Limerick, with the hope of making a speedy return to Intermediate grade, having been relegated last season. Lynch and his co-manager […]

Positive vibes for Doherty ahead of Croke Park date

By Kieran Lynch DOWN captain Meghan Doherty believes that the team’s win over Carlow in the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final has shown that they have more than one way of winning games. The Mourne Ladies have enjoyed playing on the front foot this season, but against Carlow it was a dogged defensive display – and […]

Lynch hails vita Swail goal as Down book Croke Park spot

By John Fallon A GOAL from Orla Swail saw Down edge out Carlow (1-9 to 0-8) an book their All-Ireland junior final spot against Limeick. Limerick defeated Fermanagh by 0-10 to 1-6, while Down secured their place in the final thanks to Swail’s late goal. Down led by 0-6 to 0-4 at the break and […]

Down ladies embracing the “privilege”

By Shaun Casey THE Down Ladies are embracing the “privilege” of pulling on the red and black jersey and representing their county. Joint-manager Caoibhe Sloan suggests that the Mourne ladies are enjoying the journey that has led them to the All-Ireland Junior semi-final. “There’s definitely that wee bit of added weight, much like the Ulster […]

Lynch’s ladies braced for Limerick test

By Shaun Casey DOWN not only face a top of the table tussle with Limerick on Sunday afternoon, but they are also competing against the bustling crowd that will descend on the Treaty County for a Dermot Kennedy concert this weekend. The trip south is too long and strenuous to make in one day, but […]

Ulster pair primed for last eight clash

By Shaun Casey THERE will be at least one Ulster side in the last four of the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship as Antrim and Monaghan collide on Sunday for a spot in the semi-finals. This time last year, the two counties were two competitions apart, but this season, they’ll go head-to-head in the knockout stages of […]