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Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

IT was mixed emotions for the Down teams in Ulster this weekend with both Bredagh and Drumgath falling at the first hurdle but Kilcoo had a great victory over Glenswilly in Newry to set up a local derby with Maghery on Sunday week in Newry.

It was a superb result for Kilcoo and it now sets them up with a massive chance of going all the way to St Patrick's Day.

I can't see any of the remaining teams taking this Ulster title from Kilcoo. They have been there about this past few years and I feel that their time has now come.

The Magpies had some outstanding performances on Sunday but Conor Laverty and Darragh O'Hanlon were very instrumental in setting Kilcoo on their way.

The game was nip and tuck right up until the penalty and then when Glenswilly went down to 14 men there was only going to be one winner.

It was a great victory for Kilcoo and further backs up my belief that Down should be able to compete with any team in Ulster instead on always using the excuse that we have not got the players. Down have as good 20 players than any team in Ulster but we always roll out the easy opinion that we don't have the players and that we are years behind Donegal etc.

Let's try get the pride back in the jersey and for players who want to play for Down again.

I would love to have played on for another three or fours years with Down but my body would not stick with the physical demands of inter-county football.

I attended Kieran Donaghy's book launch in Tralee last Thursday along with Armagh's Steven McDonnell and I got to ask Stevie what they did in the Orchard County from 2002 to 2007 that mad them so successful and he said that each player was so driven that it was only a matter of time before they won the All-Ireland. And that during the great years they worked so hard in training that when it came to matches that was the easy bit. That's the sort of mentality and leadership we need in Down next season to be successful.

As stated in last week's Newry Democrat, I have taking the role as manager of Mayobridge and I am honoured and privileged to be working with a great club and a club that I have played for all my life.

We have a chairman and secretary who have a great vision for the club and put in a serious amount of work to try get us back to the top table in Down football.

In Francie Poland, Noel Sexton and Gavin Barry, we have lads that have won Championships with Mayobridge down through the years and knows what it takes to win titles.

I can hand on heart say that we will give our lives towards this job for the next 12 months and hopefully we can make the breakthrough that we so badly want soon.

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