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Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

ROSTREVOR can hold their heads high after a great run to the Ulster Intermediate final but just came up short against a decent Moy team who will now fancy their chances of going on and winning the All-Ireland title.

As with Kilcoo earlier on in Ulster the sendings off really did hurt Rostrevor in the end as they were down to 13 men with 10 minutes football still to play. They put up a great battle in the final minutes and could have forced the game to extra-time.

The real work now starts for Shane Mulholland and Rostrevor as they are now going to be playing Division One next year, which is a massive step up but with a good young talented squad who have served their trade in Division Two for a number of years, I expect that they should have the quality to push on over the next few years.

Kilcoo U16 had a great win over Crossmaglen in Sunday's Paul McGirr Ulster final. It was surprisingly a one-sided affair with Kilcoo dominating the match for long periods of the game.

I do expect a lot of these players pushing into their club senior teams over the next few years. A lot of these players will also come up against each other in the first round of the U17 Championship in April of next year but by the looks of things Down should hold the upper hand over Armagh.

St Colman's and Abbey are in McRory action over the next few weeks in important matches and from what I can gather the Abbey need to win their next game to avoid being eliminated out of the competition before Christmas.

If this was to happen it would be a massive blow to them as they really should be doing a lot better than what they are showing at the minute.

They have a good pick from both Armagh and Down clubs, so you would expect that they should be progressing to the later stages of this competition

Slaughtneil won Ulster on Sunday in what has been a great few years for the south Derry club, but if it tells you anything it says that Kilcoo are really not that far away from being one of the best teams in Ulster at present.

People say that Down football is not competitive but I can tell you now it's one of the most competitive league and championships in Ulster. There are so many teams on a level playing field that it makes it a great system to be involved in.

Kilcoo and to a lesser extent Burren are the two front runners in Down but after that you would have seven or eight teams on the same level, trying to close the gap at the top.

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