McGovern takes break from the Game

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

DOWN boss Eamonn Burns has said he respects Gerard McGovern's decision to take a break from the game.

The Burren full-back has gone travelling and will be a big loss to the county panel as they prepare to face Clare in this Sunday's Division Two tie at Pairc Esler.

Thankfully for Burns, he will have a full squad to choose from, bar the suspended Connaire Harrison, if some "niggly " injuries clear up in time.

"Gerard is a very experienced player but he's decided that he's going to take a wee bit of time out and I have to respect that decision," said Burns.

"Yes, we would like to have him on board but Gerard has decided that he wants to travel so we've have got to respect that."

Praising the impact Donal O'Hare has made following his return to the squad, Burns added: "Donal came on in the second half against Louth and, probably by his own admission, he had a quiet game against Cork but did well in Roscommon, he took some good scores in the first half.

"Obviously the team isn't picked and positions are up for grabs and they'll be contested heavily but Donal coming into a good bit of form is encouraging for everybody, especially himself."

Last season Down returned from Ennis after a 2-11 to 0-11 beating but Burns has made it clear that if his side are to make any serious progress in Division Two they must win their home games.

"Obviously, if you're going to get yourself in a serious position in Division Two, push on and make some serious progress in that division, winning your home games is important," said Burns.

"We're under no illusions that Clare will come north and present a formidable challenge."


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