Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

BOTH Down and Armagh got their National Football league campaigns off to a great start with relatively easy wins over Louth and Sligo respectively.

Down had to work hard to gain a six point win over Louth but grinded out the win and a Connaire Harrison goal two minutes from time give Down some breathing space going into injury-time.

Down will be happy to get the two League points on the board but Eamonn Burns will know they have to improve on the kick-outs and again our midfield seems to be a major problem.

It may be an option to give Caolan Mooney a role in midfield as I believe when teams get fitter and the ground gets harder, we need a man of his physical power and pace in that position and he is ideal to play it.

The kick-outs need to be worked on going forward but it will take time as Harrison is only just back in the squad and I believe if he gets an extended run in the team, which looks highly likely, that they will improve as the season goes on.

But all in all I would be very happy with the start that Down have made and I will still stick with my prediction that this Down team will gain promotion back to Division One this year.

With the players that have to come back into the team they will only get stronger.

Armagh got of to a great start on Sunday with an emphatic win over Sligo in Armagh. It was a super start to their campaign and with the high score that they registered it eliminates the talk that Armagh have not enough scoring forwards to challenge this year.

They put in a tremendous display on Sunday and they will be really happy that they done so by scoring so much, which sits well for the future of this Armagh team going forward.

They will take great confidence into the second game and I expect them to really make a bid for promotion along with Westmeath and Fermanagh.

Both Down and Armagh have much harder games this weekend with Cork coming to Newry and Armagh travelling to Mullingar to take on Westmeath.

I expect Down to take the full points again but Armagh will do well to get anything away to Westmeath.

I read somewhere this week about the CPA membership in Down being one of the lowest in Ireland and I can see why as there is nothing wrong with the fixtures in Down football as club players get to play plenty of football.

Yes, the leagues did drag on a little last year, but all and all they have been great for as long as I can remember. And if the clubs stick to this years draft fixtures then the club players in Down are in for an exciting year of football.

The fixtures committee and Jack Devaney in particular deserve huge credit for coming up with another strong fixture list for 2018.



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