Coulter Calls It

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I MADE the long journey to Roscommon on Sunday to watch Down record a fantastic victory over a much fancied Roscommon team.

The Rossies were big favourites to take full points after a good start to their Division Two League campaign but Down had other thoughts and came away with a deserved win.

Down dominated early proceedings and raced into a five point lead with some great scores from Donal O'Hare and Caolan Mooney.

The Down midfield dominated throughout the match with the platform to set up plenty of attack's and up front Donal O Hare was brilliant and hopefully that will kick-start his season.

In defence Down never really looked troubled throughout the game and with 20 minutes to go you could sense that the boys were very comfortable in seeing out the game as Roscommon just had run out of ideas and hardly even threatened the Down goal in the last ten minutes.

Kevin McStay will be extremely disappointing with how his team performed and complacency seemed to creep into the heads of some of his players which in itself is a very dangerous place to be.

Down will be absolutely delighted to come away with the two points after last weeks defeat to Cork. Down and some great performances and were full value for their five point win, which now sets them up nicely for a pursuit on trying to gain promotion to Division One and where every team wants to be.

Down should now take a lot of confidence going into the Clare game in Newry in two weeks time and really should now be looking ahead at gaining that promotion that we the supporters want to see.

Armagh had to work right to the final whistle to claim a late one point win over a dogged Longford side and Kieran McGeeney will be delighted with the two points but he would not be happy with the performance.

I expected Armagh to win this game quite easily but it wasn't to be but the main thing is the two points and they now look odds on to gain that promotion that is long overdue.

With three wins if the better teams now played you would expect that Armagh could go up with a defeat or two at this stage and the only team from here that has any hope of taking any points of them would be Fermanagh.

The National League is a brilliant competition with some brilliant matches on show. I would love the GAA to make it into three divisions with 11 teams in each and playing games every week and the finals on the twelfth week, which means the league could be run off in 12 weeks and that would set teams up nicely for the championship.


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