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Ulster Championship 2014

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Away again. Preliminary round v Tyrone.

Then if we beat Tyrone are we away again against Monaghan?

anduna (Down) - Posts: 210 - 03/10/2013 19:34:37    1494835

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Don't think ourselves and Tyrone are that far apart at the minute but we will go into this game on the back of a Div 2 campaign whereas they will have been playing Div 1 teams. Home advantage will also be a massive boost for Tyrone. I presume if we manage to win that game then we'll be away against Monaghan again, I think neutral venues only apply at the semi-final stage. Down are good enough to beat anyone on any given day, but there's no doubt that we've gotten the toughest draw of any team in the country.

Gabriel. (Down) - Posts: 412 - 03/10/2013 19:54:36    1494884

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Away again lads, and MDF, unbelievable. We shall look forward to hosting Down footballers as always.

brendtheredhand (Tyrone) - Posts: 10897 - 03/10/2013 20:14:02    1494931

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Home v Monaghan if we win.


If.

OgraAnDun (Down) - Posts: 406 - 03/10/2013 20:20:44    1494947

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What do we have to do to get a home draw

bigstone (Down) - Posts: 74 - 03/10/2013 21:22:59    1495052

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The winners (Cavan) of the preliminary round last year were drawn away to Fermanagh in the quarter finals.

On the same logic then if Tyrone beat Down they are definitely away to Monaghan in quarter final.

If Down beat Tyrone do we get the home advantage v Monaghan - does anyone know for sure? It would be good to have a home game.

How long is it since we had an Ulster Championship game in Newry which wasn't a replay? I seem to remember us having to travel to most games.

anduna (Down) - Posts: 210 - 04/10/2013 12:22:42    1495356

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We played Monaghan in Newry in 2007, but that was after beating Cavan in the previous round. Can't remember the last time we played a first round game in Newry.

Will McComiskey, McConville, O'Hagan et al be returning to the panel? We also have Dan Gordon, Danny Hughes and Aidan Carr to come back. Think the prospects for next year are reasonably good.

Gabriel. (Down) - Posts: 412 - 04/10/2013 15:09:23    1495632

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The last time we played our first championship game of the season at home, either preliminary round or quarter final, was 1999 against Antrim. We had home draws in the early 2000s which were staged at Casement Park, and since then we have had ten consecutive away draws.

Away to Tyrone is as tough as it gets, but we drew on our last trip there in 2008 and won the replay, so nothing is impossible. We are also due quite a few players back, all being well.

Dan Gordon's foot is taking quite a while to heal but he apparently expects to make a full recovery. Conor Garvey and Aidan Carr are both back with their clubs, while Niall McParland and Darren O'Hagan should also be available as well. Paul McComiskey is due to come back from his travels, Peter Fitzpatrick may also return from Australia and hopefully Danny Hughes will give us another year.

That makes at least eight players who were not available last summer, so at the very least we should have much more competition for places when the division two season starts.

MourneRising (Down) - Posts: 238 - 04/10/2013 15:24:27    1495649

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The photo on the Ulster GAA Facebook page shows 'Tyr/Down v Monaghan' as a fixture

OgraAnDun (Down) - Posts: 406 - 04/10/2013 18:35:18    1495801

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If the winner of the Preliminary round is the away team they will play their next game at home.

Down123 (Down) - Posts: 21 - 05/10/2013 15:11:07    1496203

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Another tough away draw for Down. It will be extremely difficult for Down to win the Ulster Championship with that drawThe history of Down football shows they do best when they are not expected to achieve much. The players will do their best, heres hoping Down can win the Ulster Championship against the odds.

REDANDBLACK29 (Down) - Posts: 57 - 07/10/2013 12:33:44    1497013

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Is it true Keith Quinn will not be returning from the New York?

Downgaa9194 (Down) - Posts: 1 - 08/10/2013 16:49:36    1497953

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