Down v Armagh The Championship


Down v Armagh

Mark Sidebottom presents coverage from Pairc Esler of the Ulster Championship quarter-final between Down and Armagh.


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# Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours... # Just a friendly wave

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each morning... They are nearest of neighbours and

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our keenest of those, down through the generations, a fixture which has

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captivated all generations and they've all come out this afternoon

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to Pairc Esler. The meeting of Down vs Armagh. No Kieran

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McGeeney. The manager, Eamon Burns off the bus. In the midst of them,

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Kevin McKernan. They will require big games from their big-name

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players. Good afternoon and welcome to Pairc Esler nestled in the

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foothills and Armagh and Down are ready to rumble. Welcome, gentlemen.

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A reminder that we welcome your views and observations so do get in

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touch. You know the form by now. For the record, it's on your screen. You

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are both captivated by this match, a chance at the death for Armagh. Yes,

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Kelly had a fantastic game for Armagh. We've all missed penalties

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in big games and unfortunately he had a great game but was a fantastic

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save. I think they deserved to win over the course of the 60 minutes.

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It's a good start for Down today. Where people asking why you were not

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playing today? Everyone knows I'm looking after my health. It's

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difficult to walk past because it's been such a long time here, but the

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boys out here are more than capable of getting the job done today. Do

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you know what great about having you here, you get to steal his thunder

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before we show you what it was capable of. Let's go to Thomas. We

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are hearing there's been a few changes in both sides, what have you

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got for us? Yes, Down make two such as. O'Hagan has had a knock and

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won't be involved today. He is replaced by Ryan Johnston who had a

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hamstring problem and he passed a late fitness test. Murphy drops out

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of the starting 15 because of a knock and incomes Peter Turley. He

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will play in a sweeper role. For Armagh, Kieran McGeeney is facing a

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ban. He can be in communication with his team throughout the game. Denis

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Hollywood will call the shots. He wasn't in the dressing room. He is

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here and he will be in constant communication with the management

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setup fourth in terms of team changes, Grimley drops out of the

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starting 15 and incomes mackerel Roy. One other note in the Armagh

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side, Rafferty has played as a forward and the midfielder during

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his time at county level. He is an option for Kieran McGeeney. There

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were lots of rumours around the ground he could be playing out of

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the field and Armagh could make a late switch. But it is shoes who

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lines up between the posts. That was pretty comprehensive. I have to

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begin with a beautiful thing. Member the last time these two met, the

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Ulster championship, 2011? Martin Clark top scored, landing this truly

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memorable point. There you go, that is what Down are missing today but

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we are delighted to have in the studio with us. One bullock at James

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McCartney. He was stunned. Many players on his tail, it didn't

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matter, over the top it went. Oisin, the reason we do not share any of

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your great shots, was because there were too many and we did know which

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one to go for. It is over. Thomas told us about the changes in the

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Down team. I know you will take a quick look at Down. Varies the Down

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team the changes. Harrison is in the forward line. Down is in defence.

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I'm glad to see them in. I was very surprised by O'Hagan. They went with

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training form over league form. They got a good result. I think it's

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quite dangerous. To look too much into training form. He's awarded

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guys who have trained well. But some guys have not played many minutes in

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the league and are fundamental. It's a brave move. You've opted for

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Darren O'Hagan? Here's the best defender in Down, and he has been

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for a number of years. In club, training, you can't get away from

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it, he so committed, great captain. He will be powering forward, getting

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on the scoresheet today. It's been a difficult time to lead Down, but he

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has done it well. He is an unsung hero, class act. Before we go to

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Armagh, it was uprising to that O'Hagan was not included today. A

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big surprise? A massive surprise. He wins the ball so cleanly. He was

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playing as a lone forward almost and directly, really well. He has flaws

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in his game. He tries to do so much. For him not to start today is a

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massive call and a lot of fans are scratching their heads about that

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one. I never thought I'd say this, but I'll would be delighted to hear

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you talk us through Armagh, please. Looking to pick this Armagh income

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it goes along the lines of what most people would have thought. Armagh

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have not nailed down a system. They play something different in each

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game. People are excited about the forward line. Grugan. The full line,

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it's a forward line people get excited about. If they can get

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another ball there, Armagh could pull out a big score. Surprise

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surprise, you're one to watch is not Jamie Clark. No, it is number 15

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swine being I've picked Andrew Murnin because he's different to

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Campbell or Clarke. He will take it on, slip it outside, and get on the

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attack. I like Murnin because he is different, with brilliant hands and

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that's what you need. Whether he will get any room in there today, I

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don't know, but he should excel in a game like that. The sun has come

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out, the fans have come out. Optimism is come out. The opening

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few games have been drudgery without disrespecting Ulster. Can we expect

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Ulster will potentially catch fire? I'd just think they are two evenly

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matched against. Armagh have come into this with optimism. These

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supporters are really enthusiastic. The thing about Down, they have

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managed to stay in division two, and it's all pessimism. I would not be

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to test the mystic about their chances. I think they have a forward

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line # I would not be too pessimistic about their chances. --.

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Do you think that will have any sort of bearing on today's game, the fact

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that they retain to that status at the end of the championship, and

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ended up possible to pity -- and ended up positively? There's very

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little between these two teams. Down had a fantastic job, they were

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completely written off after two games. They were doomed, not going

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to win a game all year and were written off, so the boys done a

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fantastic job to stay in the division. They will be confident. An

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entire generation of Down fans have missed this. It's been so long since

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it happened. I think they will carry that into the game. Brilliant

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atmosphere. The place is packed. It's the first time we have come to

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an Ulster championship this year where we think we are not 100% sure

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who's going to win the game. The previous three games you knew the

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division one teams were always going to edge ahead. They were exceptional

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teams. These two teams are below that. Because they are so very

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evenly matched, I think that's why there is excitement around this

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game. Kieran McGeeney, Thomas said he will be in contact with his side.

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How is his absence likely to impact on Armagh's performance? I wasn't

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sure whether he would be able to be in contact. The same rule applies.

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Not having in the changing room beforehand, at half-time, but I'm

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sure they are paid for that. Kieran McGeeney has always said he wanted

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to be a player led thing. The players know what's going on.

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Everybody has got a stats man. You know what's expected of you in the

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second half. The I like about it is, he gets very involved in games.

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He'll be able to see things today he may not have seen in the past.

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Thanks, Oisin. We invited clubs to get in touch to let us know what's

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going on at grassroots level. Of course, you have been doing that for

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the last week it was Belfast sure road. This club boasts

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state-of-the-art facilities including a revolutionary perimeter

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walk for babies, and you can get much more of that online at the BBC

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sport website. And the Facebook page so do get in touch. We would like to

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hear from you. OK, guys, it is predictions time. Martin, can Down

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edge it? I think Armagh have too much going for Down. They are

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further down the line under Kieran McGeeney, and he knows exactly the

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way they want to play. More consistency. It will be Armagh for

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me, unfortunately. I still think Armagh will win by five or six

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points. It live and uninterrupted so can the pick of Down unpick Down?

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Your commentary team, Martin McHugh and Thomas Niblock.

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COMMENTATOR: Thank you. The players are here. We have the picture and

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the two teams are balanced looking in. One might think three weeks

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later than envisaged, the championship may have arrived?

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Exactly, it's a lovely pitch. It's perfect. We always said Down like

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perfect weather, and we may have a shower later on but the crowd is on

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top of the pitch, which creates a great atmosphere. Both teams broke

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away from the parade. It's a long time since we had Kieran McGeeney in

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the stands. Both teams have no form going into it. Maybe Down are

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slightly better but I'm excited about those forward lines,

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particularly Armagh. We are about to have a moment 's silence coming up

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very shortly before the match takes place in memory of Dominic early,

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who died in a car accident during the week.

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APPLAUSE The cabin stats man who died earlier

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this week in a car accident remembered here at Pairc Esler.

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A massive game. APPLAUSE

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We have Mr these championships and we're going to have a great one

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today, fascinating clash between Armagh and Down and the winners will

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play Cavan or Monaghan. There is a match referee from Cork

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who refereed last year's all Ireland final between Kerry and Dublin and

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Kieran McGeeney are in the cup final against UCD. What can we expect?

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It's going to come down to having leaders on the pitch, and I'm

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looking forward to seeing how Jamie Carr goes today. Of the other thing

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is, Mooney, back from Australia, I expect a big performance from him.

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The referee blesses himself. The ball is thrown into the middle of

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the field. Donaghy at the heart of this Armagh defence. At hand to

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tackle. He wins the ball. Support straightaway leading from defence.

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Great play so far. Going into the Down half of the field. He is

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certainly feeling that. Diagonal ball. Andrew Maginn. The ball in the

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hands of the quarterback, Paul Hughes. A lively start. Yes, it's

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very hard to get down the middle. Here is Peter Turley. Trying to

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place the ball into the hands of Jerome Kern is an. He tries to

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continue his run but taken out of it. The referee does not see. Down

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continue to play. WHISTLE

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The referee says a throw in ball. Our early observations seems the

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referee may let things go a little. It's the one big talking point we've

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had this year. Referees are going to ground, looking to change their

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studs at half-time. I think it's been a good start. Both teams are

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going all out. Jamie Clark with his first touch for two years. It is one

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he will want to forget. Down trying to get the free straightaway. It's

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always important to win the first tackle. Jamie Clark says, I will

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take it on. He's the best defender. Brilliant defending. Kevin McKernan

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looks for the return pass and gets it. Donnelly gives it back. Blocked

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line. Picked up by McKernan. He has got his free in. The Down forwards

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trying to go for the ball, create some space. Route one, adventurous

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pass, does not quite make it. Charlie Vernon. As light pass. He

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has put Armagh under pressure. Brilliant play by Mooney. Pops it

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over the bar. A super point from Down and a super point from Mooney

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with a point to prove. He's got tremendous pace. He and Kevin

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McKernan will be big for them. Great pace. That's a good start. Armagh

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will have to take a look at him and stop them getting forward. Here's a

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big man to play at wing half. A good start by him and Down. Is not a

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great start from Hughes. Into that half of the football pitch. Nothing

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on, from it in. That is a great pass. Paterson goes wide. Vernon

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keeps on his feet. Great defending from Vernon. Trying to take on his

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manner. He gets in second time of asking. Important and link that time

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from Donaghy. They get the break of ball. 2-0, four minutes,. He lost

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the ball going through and went to ground. He will have to look at his

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studs there. What a tackle. Peter Turley made that tackle. Doherty,

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playing a super, drops back. The turnovers are very important. That

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was brilliant play by Down. The referee chatting to Grugan and

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O'Hanlon. The referee is happy with a talking to. Well one in the end by

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Sheridan. An awkward one right at his feet and it will be a free for

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Armagh. Murnin tries the shot. Has it got another energy? It doesn't,

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and drops into the hands of Cunningham. Down have all the time

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in the world to build from the back. Millar brings it in midfield. He

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gives it to Peter Turley. Switches the angle of attack. The left-hand

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side. O'Hagan, it's not often you see quarterback trying to take on

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his man in the opposition half of the football field. The referee said

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he illegally slid in. Inside the 45, inside the scoring zone. They

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started better upfront. They put far more pressure on the Armagh

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offenders coming out than Armagh do at the other end. A very good Armagh

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forward. It's not about individuals but how they play together as a team

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and they have not started well. Jamie Clarke, he's actually not

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playing in the right position. The goalkeeper, Michael Cunningham will

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take this. For the first time ever in Gaelic football, his entire warm

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up routine was just before throwing. He practised 45s. All three went

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over the bar. This one is slightly inside the 45 metre line. He goes

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for the flag. Three points. Perfect start from Down. Yes, practice makes

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perfect and he was right to practice at the other end. He will be used to

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training through the week. A great start. That puts pressure on the

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Armagh offence not to give away long range threes. Clarke takes it past

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the third. He's still going and the referee stopped it.

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WHISTLE On early evidence, is going to let

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it go. I've thought Clarke was filed there. The rules state you can't put

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a hand on a player in Gaelic football. He has been fouled. That

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is unfair. Three or four times, he was fouled. That's a bad refereeing

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decision. Spinning around. Here is Millar. The referee says play on. It

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will be a free for Down. 25 metres for goal. Let's look at this again.

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Is there much difference in this? Seemingly, when you have two or

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three, there is no different in attacking. He make that call to give

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a free. I see no difference. Down are hungry, up for the match and the

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crowd are getting behind them. The sun is baiting in Pairc Esler,

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absolutely perfect conditions. Beautiful afternoon, two evenly

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matched teams before throwing as we saw it. Judging by the opening nine

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minutes, only one team is really in it and that is a black and red of

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Down. An opportunity to extend their lead. Puts the ball on the turf. The

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man taking it is Jerome Kern is to. -- Jerome Kern is in. -- Jerome Kern

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Johnston. He could not have hit it any better. Nine minutes,. Armagh

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but no pressure on the free kick at all. The same things for Michael

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Cunningham. They need to put pressure on him to get 30 metres

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away. Brilliant free kick. Ball in hand. Still going, came up against a

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big midfielder. Jamie Clark. Set can he keep it in play? It will be a

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sideline ball to Down. Early observations? It is all Down.

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Donaghy caught the throw in in the air and they started well and have

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carried on from that. Armagh are not got up for the match and have not

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started playing yet. The referee is blowing the whistle. A file adjudged

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to have been committed. A free to Down inside their own half, taken by

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O'Hagan. Five County championships won in succession. Last autumn.

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McKernan tries to give it to the full-back, McGovern, but here come

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Down a game. Johnston coming. Looks for support, finds it. Mooney

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switches the play. 40 yards behind him. He keeps possession of the

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ball. O'Hanlon to Millar. Very patient from Down. They are not

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panicking. The sweeper is big thing. Armagh need to push up on McKernan.

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Plenty of the ball seen in the opening stages of this game. Strong

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tackle. Illegal tackle according to the referee. O'Hanlon will have felt

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that. Down are controlling the whole match, playing the ball to the left

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side and then the right side. They have worked really well with a

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sweeper system. They got the sidelines. That the best way to go.

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Armagh, whatever system they are playing, it's not working. Down are

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going up the sidelines with the ball. Here comes Michael Cunningham

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again. A bit more difficult now. It certainly is. Much to ponder, those

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Armagh supporters. They don't know what's going on. One of those points

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was from the goalkeeper, Cunningham, who has already hit a free from just

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outside the 45. This one is just inside. Cunningham goes for it. Does

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it stay in? Brilliant catch and it is a free out. Armagh build a game

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from the back. Charlie Vernon passes it to McKay. Forker trying to find

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Jamie Clarke. He's out in front of his man. Over the sideline, the

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referee says yes, and be a free. Armagh, right on the sideline. No

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real question about this. It's a great battle. Jamie Clark was

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pushing up the field. Down are happy to run the ball. Armagh seem to want

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to kick the ball and they must change the system. When it's not on

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they need to run the ball. When Armagh get the ball, they should get

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the players back. O'Neill to take this on the sideline. A very

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difficult first free. Hits it high. It's dropping short. Brilliant

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catch. Clarke, a chance. What a finish! Shields finds the back of

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the net. A fantastic finish into the top corner and all of a sudden,

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despite that brilliant start from Down, they are only had by one. It's

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a big score. The Armagh player got to it. Murnin in the air. That's a

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brilliant catch. It ended up being all the better. Jamie Clarke did

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really well. They thought it was going to turn it in. It is game on.

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This should left Armagh. Down on the attack straight with

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Mooney trying to drift it into Johnson. He gets there. James Morgan

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is there for company. Armagh building from the back. The captain

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of the side. Trying to drive his troops and his team-mates. Tried to

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play inside. Brilliant hand in. The goal was on. Very unlucky, but good

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defending. What a brilliant start. Darragh O'Hanlon slows it up and

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finds Conor Maginn. Ryan Johnston still going, but

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fouled just inside the 65. Thought he was going to thump it in, but

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thinks twice. Peter Turley down the left side. Tries to play through and

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does. Finds Nile Donnelly. Johnston tries to go through. The

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referee says it's a free in. I challenge from Joe McIlroy. -- high

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challenge. They are over the top on their tackling. Some of them seem

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too fired up. I think the referee is happy enough not to give out a

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cardia. Is it a black card? We don't know what different referees will

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do. He's telling him, you're lucky, but next time you will be under

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pressure. The Down supporters are not happy. Downward pressure, when

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you poll a player down like that, a lot of referees would give a black

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card. Off-camera he went to the linesman and had a brief

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conversation to check what he saw. Decided against giving the black

:32:02.:32:08.

card, but it's still a free in. Down expected to score, and they do. Two

:32:09.:32:13.

points between the sides and 15 minutes gone. It's a different

:32:14.:32:18.

tactic. Armagh kicking the ball, looking to get longer to be from

:32:19.:32:23.

forward line while Down are running the ball and causing problems

:32:24.:32:27.

running the ball. Another kickout goes wrong. Sunglasses, very much

:32:28.:32:30.

the order of the day. The kickout isn't quite what he

:32:31.:32:45.

wanted, and neither is the sideline kick. The referee over talking to

:32:46.:32:51.

the Armagh support staff. Paddy getting some telling off. He must

:32:52.:32:57.

have put some pressure on the down kicker, Conall McGovern. The

:32:58.:33:02.

kickout, tries to find his man, and that's a brilliant kick. Rochina

:33:03.:33:06.

O'Neill trying to get there in front of his man. Three men down on the

:33:07.:33:13.

turf. The referee says it will be a sideline ball. To Armagh. Paul

:33:14.:33:24.

Hughes. Will he go backwards? Trying to urge everybody up front. Throws

:33:25.:33:30.

it in. A brilliant pass, chance of another goal for Armagh. The

:33:31.:33:34.

goalkeeper came out, the umpires look at one another and it goes over

:33:35.:33:38.

the bar. It's brilliant. We got a great view of it. Give Jamie Tarik a

:33:39.:33:50.

lot of credit for that. What a ball from Paul Hughes, a brilliant ball

:33:51.:33:55.

in. It was the wing halfback who got up the field and it could have been

:33:56.:33:58.

another goal. We don't give enough credit to people running off the

:33:59.:34:06.

ball. Brilliant play by Jamie. Clarke creating the space. A

:34:07.:34:14.

brilliant pass inside. Could have been a second Armagh goal. But it

:34:15.:34:18.

isn't. Two points between the teams. Down with it in the middle. Miller

:34:19.:34:22.

on the left-hand side, floating the ball in. Chance to put it in, he

:34:23.:34:29.

misses. The rebound still isn't clear. Eventually Morgan dives on it

:34:30.:34:33.

and picks it up. Armagh breathe again from the back. What an

:34:34.:34:38.

opportunity. Ball over the top catching them out again. I thought

:34:39.:34:43.

what Harrison should have done, he should have gone past the goalkeeper

:34:44.:34:47.

and tapped it into the empty net. A lot of goal chances. A brilliant

:34:48.:34:55.

game so far they try to keep it in play and eventually the ball goes

:34:56.:35:00.

wide. Don't know if it's brilliant play or awful play. Nonetheless,

:35:01.:35:04.

it's fascinating to watch. Who cares! Bad mistakes by the

:35:05.:35:18.

defenders, ball coming in, trying to isolate, and he's so strong in the

:35:19.:35:21.

air. What great save from the goalkeeper. Brilliant save, credit

:35:22.:35:29.

to the keeper. But who would be a manager in that situation, we see

:35:30.:35:39.

Eamon Burns on the sideline. We are having goal chances now. And it's

:35:40.:35:45.

great, exciting, a lot of mistakes, but it's exciting stuff White one

:35:46.:35:48.

goal and one point from the Armagh backline. Hughes making his

:35:49.:35:56.

championship debut today. He was down and receiving treatment. The

:35:57.:36:02.

physiotherapist moving his hand from left to right, getting him to follow

:36:03.:36:05.

it. One player you definitely don't want to have problems is the

:36:06.:36:13.

goalkeeper. Ethan Rafferty is the substitute goalkeeper, who has

:36:14.:36:15.

played all his football out in the field. I wonder how he feels now.

:36:16.:36:20.

Straight into the full forward line. Brilliantly won. It has the

:36:21.:36:29.

direction. Great score from Down. Two points between the teams.

:36:30.:36:44.

Brilliant by Conall McGovern and a great foot pass in. Opportunity

:36:45.:36:53.

presented itself. Still going, it doesn't curl in. Armagh's second

:36:54.:37:06.

wide of the day. Enjoyable start. Halfbacks doing most of the scoring.

:37:07.:37:14.

A great chance, the whole thing opened up in front of him. Head for

:37:15.:37:18.

the goal and even fist the ball over the bar. It will be a goal kick

:37:19.:37:26.

straightaway, out into the middle of the field. Brilliantly won by Armagh

:37:27.:37:39.

in the middle of the field. Joe McIlroy driving forward, try to give

:37:40.:37:42.

it to Mark Shields. The referee said it was over carrying. That's the

:37:43.:37:46.

third time he has called for that same offence. They have definitely

:37:47.:37:53.

had a decision made. They have referees' meetings every now and

:37:54.:37:58.

again. The ball in a hands-on Aidan Forker yet again, giving it to Oisin

:37:59.:38:08.

O'Neill. Clarke takes on two men, tries to give it inside, a brilliant

:38:09.:38:15.

pass. Opportunity again for Armagh. Brilliant save. Rebound, into the

:38:16.:38:19.

back of the net and it's a goal for Armagh. Despite Down's dominance,

:38:20.:38:25.

it's Armagh with their noses in front. I don't understand looking at

:38:26.:38:36.

it. A brilliant ball forward. Great save by Cunningham, but that man is

:38:37.:38:44.

causing problems, Andrew Murnin. Again Jamie Clarke running and fist

:38:45.:38:55.

the ball inside. Kieran McGeeney would have liked that. He's in the

:38:56.:39:00.

clubhouse behind the goal that Down are defending. He will have had a

:39:01.:39:06.

great view of that Armagh on the attack again. For the last five

:39:07.:39:11.

minutes Aidan Forker has been brilliant. He hit a wide, set up a

:39:12.:39:15.

goal and scored a point. It's all about his work rate. They were

:39:16.:39:27.

kicking long balls in and it wasn't working, but now they are running

:39:28.:39:31.

with the ball. It's important to vary it. A shaky start, but they

:39:32.:39:38.

have settled in well. Ten scores in this game of football and ten

:39:39.:39:40.

different scorers, coming from everywhere. It will be a free in.

:39:41.:39:51.

Ticking backwards. Suddenly we have time to have a bit of rest. Perhaps

:39:52.:39:57.

not. McKern and down the left. Turley just throws it in. Johnston

:39:58.:40:01.

in front of two men. Down to the ground. Johnston has it again. Ryan

:40:02.:40:11.

Johnston tries to take the game to the Armagh defence. James Morgan is

:40:12.:40:22.

there to win it. Free in yet again on the 45 metre line. Conceded by

:40:23.:40:31.

Aidan Forker. A lot of mistakes being made. Armagh showing a lot of

:40:32.:40:36.

indiscipline in their tackles. That's the one thing Kieran McGeeney

:40:37.:40:45.

will be disappointed in. Stop with your body, and get them stopped.

:40:46.:40:51.

Stefan Forker, the scorer of a point, helping to set up the goal.

:40:52.:40:56.

It's been a good few minutes, but he has been caught twice around 45

:40:57.:41:01.

metre line, conceding a free. The first one he conceded wasn't

:41:02.:41:08.

punished, but perhaps this one will. Tyrone Johnston will take the free.

:41:09.:41:16.

His brother Ryan is in the shot. Johnston, left footed. Doesn't have

:41:17.:41:26.

the direction. It stays in play. Miller stoops down to pick it up.

:41:27.:41:39.

Caolan Mooney finds Turley who tries to play a precise ball through. So

:41:40.:41:45.

difficult to do that. He has been caught again. Stefan Campbell, the

:41:46.:41:52.

top scorer for Armagh. His operating around the halfback line.

:41:53.:42:03.

Brilliant tackle from Darren O'Hagan. Down attack from the back.

:42:04.:42:20.

Ryan Johnston again. The referee says to go back. It's a free income

:42:21.:42:27.

taken quickly. O Hanlon. Tries to give it inside to Conor Harrison.

:42:28.:42:34.

Brendan Donaghy tackling. Harrison gets away. Outside of the right

:42:35.:42:47.

boot. Chance of a goal, it's fisted and Armagh win it yet again, out

:42:48.:42:54.

from the back. Brilliant game of football. Very enjoyable game. A lot

:42:55.:43:01.

of mistakes, but very enjoyable. Charlie Vernon, he's the full-back,

:43:02.:43:06.

attacking well, taking on a second man, and the referee says no free.

:43:07.:43:13.

Oisin O'Neill picks up the pieces and Clarke, he can turn on a

:43:14.:43:22.

sixpence. Shot from distance, Paul Hughes, the cornerback, hitting his

:43:23.:43:25.

shot like a corner forward. Brilliant score for Armagh. Jamie

:43:26.:43:34.

Clarke playing well. He's drawing out players, getting the ball, and

:43:35.:43:38.

very unselfish. He laid off a great ball to Paul Hughes. The cornerback

:43:39.:43:43.

on his left foot, very confident. That's what you need for anybody to

:43:44.:43:48.

kick points. Great start from Paul Hughes. Attacking well and doing his

:43:49.:43:52.

bit in defence. Great catch from Turley. Ryan Johnston goes himself,

:43:53.:43:57.

he has Miller outside him. Superb score from the half wingback.

:43:58.:44:27.

Superb score. Working the ball really well. Two great scores.

:44:28.:44:34.

Anything Paul Hughes can do, O Hanlon can do the same at the other.

:44:35.:44:41.

Down win it in their own defence. Armagh were attacking down the

:44:42.:44:46.

middle of the field, but Shane Miller has been everywhere during

:44:47.:44:52.

the first 28 minutes. Harrison with an attempted shot. Great point from

:44:53.:45:01.

Down. Armagh leading by a single score. Good response considering

:45:02.:45:05.

Armagh got the two goals. Miller has been everywhere on the field. Great

:45:06.:45:09.

to have forwards who are confident to kick scores. Good game, exciting

:45:10.:45:16.

game, end to end stuff. And well refereed, letting it go. Armagh are

:45:17.:45:22.

the team that scored more points than anyone else on the

:45:23.:45:36.

island of Ireland. He's moving around the midfield area now. Good

:45:37.:45:51.

target for free kickouts. Forker hits with the outside of the boot

:45:52.:45:56.

but it goes wide. A great player to have, but his workrate is

:45:57.:46:01.

unbelievable at wing half forward. Armagh leading by a single score.

:46:02.:46:08.

Defence have been on top so far. Kieran McGeeney, he won't be happy

:46:09.:46:14.

with the Armagh defence. They are indiscipline. Both attacks have been

:46:15.:46:18.

on top, and we haven't said that in a long time in Gaelic football. Down

:46:19.:46:24.

in possession inside their own half. Brilliant tackle. Fabulous, and the

:46:25.:46:33.

full forward step in, Campbell. Forker does well to maintain

:46:34.:46:33.

possession. Brendan Donaghy from the Clonmore

:46:34.:46:51.

club in North Armagh. Charlie Vernon driving at the Down defence, finding

:46:52.:46:56.

Clarke. He's not tempted by the score. Instead he goes for Vernon,

:46:57.:47:02.

who goes for the fisted point, but it's fisted wide. Good chance for a

:47:03.:47:09.

score. Maybe that's why he wears number three, but he works really

:47:10.:47:12.

hard. Jamie Clarke causing the problems again. He's taking on the

:47:13.:47:18.

extra man. Charlie Vernon has moved to the midfield area. They have made

:47:19.:47:21.

that switch and he's improved things. All eyes on Jamie Clarke

:47:22.:47:26.

ahead of this game. People expect him to have a brilliant game, but

:47:27.:47:30.

it's a brilliant game in a different way to perhaps Down envisaged. Visit

:47:31.:47:36.

is important in football nowadays, more than anything else. He's

:47:37.:47:40.

creating the problems. The crowd getting behind both teams. Oisin

:47:41.:47:45.

O'Neill is by the tackle as if it didn't happen. The captain of his

:47:46.:47:50.

side leading by example. Goes for the score left footed. It goes wide.

:47:51.:48:00.

8-2.3. A penny for Eamon Burns' thoughts. It's all about turnovers.

:48:01.:48:13.

Maybe for Eamon Burns and Kieran McGeeney it's not so good. The other

:48:14.:48:18.

forwards are panicking and taking the wrong option. Especially when

:48:19.:48:21.

running through. They seem happier when they kick the ball from out the

:48:22.:48:28.

field, the Armagh forwards. Charlie Vernon in a midfield giving it to

:48:29.:48:33.

Jamie Clarke, who looks to off-load. Tackle from behind, unbelievably

:48:34.:48:40.

still winning it. O'Hagan again finds Kevin McKernan. Driving at the

:48:41.:48:49.

Armagh defence. O Hanlon is the man outside, he finds in. Shane Miller

:48:50.:48:55.

with the chance of a skull. Shooting outside the D. It goes over and Down

:48:56.:49:01.

have the skull. The Ulster Championship, having an average of

:49:02.:49:05.

12 points on average between the teams, now it's approaching

:49:06.:49:09.

half-time with the sides level. We see Eamon Burns again happy on the

:49:10.:49:17.

outside. Brilliant play by O'Hagan, the captain, the cornerback.

:49:18.:49:20.

Brilliant play to dispossess Jamie Clarke. That's what they do, pushing

:49:21.:49:27.

up the field. Kevin McKernan needs to do more of that. Campbell looking

:49:28.:49:34.

for the offer on, doesn't have one so goes himself. He goes for the

:49:35.:49:38.

skull from way out on the right. It stays in play. Andrew Murnin jumps

:49:39.:49:43.

and catches. Brilliant sleep. Driving at the heart of the Down

:49:44.:49:47.

defence, but gives it to the Down captain. O'Hagan leading again.

:49:48.:49:53.

Looking for the return pass. Ryan Johnston hazard. He has seen a lot

:49:54.:49:58.

of the ball during the opening half. Two minutes to go until the first

:49:59.:50:07.

half injury time. O Hanlon, every opportunity he has attacked from

:50:08.:50:11.

wingback. Conor Harrison took an awkward bounce ahead of him. It

:50:12.:50:16.

gives an opportunity for Armagh to get back and it's a free out. I

:50:17.:50:21.

can't understand why Down persisting kicking the ball in that situation.

:50:22.:50:24.

When they run the ball they cause all kinds of problems. Down made a

:50:25.:50:35.

brilliant recovery in the latter stages of the league season, saving

:50:36.:50:43.

their skin in Division 2. Despite conceding two goals, they have come

:50:44.:50:46.

right back and the sides level. Perhaps there is more character in

:50:47.:50:52.

the Down team than people observe. Joe McIlroy try to give it to Jamie

:50:53.:50:57.

Clarke, under severe pressure. Jamie Clarke doesn't go for the shot, a

:50:58.:51:04.

brilliant dummy. The pass was just in front of Andrew Murnin. Off the

:51:05.:51:12.

post, and Down clear. Just when you thought the half couldn't get any

:51:13.:51:16.

better, what an opportunity for Armagh. Two attempts after the

:51:17.:51:20.

initial shot. They wanted the goal. They just didn't get it. Caught

:51:21.:51:25.

brilliantly by Jamie Clarke. That's what you pay money to see. If the

:51:26.:51:31.

pass was better the ball was in the back of the net again. He's creating

:51:32.:51:36.

a lot of problems. Very unselfish. Andrew Murnin just wants to score

:51:37.:51:40.

goals. He doesn't like scoring points. He goes for the goal but

:51:41.:51:45.

hits the post. Fantastic effort. It's exciting stuff, and the crowd

:51:46.:51:51.

really it. A picture tells its own story. We have to give the referee

:51:52.:51:55.

credit, he has contributed by letting it go. Give him credit and

:51:56.:52:00.

the two teams as well. It's all out, everybody going for it, and it's a

:52:01.:52:02.

great game. That's the point I'm making, why are

:52:03.:52:17.

they kicking the ball in? Run with it and cause problems.

:52:18.:52:26.

The cornerback, Paul Hughes, perhaps looking for another point. They shot

:52:27.:52:37.

comes in from a long way out from Sheridan. Absolutely fantastic. The

:52:38.:52:44.

Down fans in front of us were jeering as the shot went over

:52:45.:52:47.

because they initially thought it was going Myles White. It just crept

:52:48.:52:53.

in and Armagh are just in front as we approach half-time. Stephen

:52:54.:52:57.

Sheridan not known for his ability to kick points, but he's a really

:52:58.:53:03.

hard worker. Great kick, and he is also picking up McKern and when he

:53:04.:53:08.

comes forward. Paul Hughes is having a storm at cornerback coming

:53:09.:53:11.

forward. The referee blows the whistle. The ball into the middle of

:53:12.:53:17.

the field. The sun remains. What half of football. Despite its Armagh

:53:18.:53:23.

leading by a point at the break. A very interesting quick story that

:53:24.:53:26.

happened, I went out for dinner with Eamon Coleman just a couple of weeks

:53:27.:53:33.

before he died, and two coaches. Eamon Burns was with Monaghan, he

:53:34.:53:40.

went to the wrong dressing room at half-time and was told where to go.

:53:41.:53:48.

Sweat pouring down the face of Shane Miller. He has been everywhere

:53:49.:53:52.

during the first half at the end of moves. Despite that, the half-time

:53:53.:54:01.

score, Down with nine points, Armagh on two goals and four. It's

:54:02.:54:06.

half-time. STUDIO: Thomas is pitch side. From a Down perspective, what

:54:07.:54:12.

are the positives for you? We started well, moving very quick,

:54:13.:54:20.

transitions from back to front were excellent, but then disappointed to

:54:21.:54:23.

give away a sloppy goal. They were on the front foot. We got unlucky.

:54:24.:54:29.

We came back level, a tremendous goal from them at the end. Our

:54:30.:54:33.

tackling has been excellent. We kept the chances limited. If we can keep

:54:34.:54:36.

moving the ball quickly, that's our strength. Is pace key? You get

:54:37.:54:41.

rewards when you run at the Armagh defence at pace. They are a big a

:54:42.:54:46.

physical side and we don't want to arm wrestle. If we move the ball

:54:47.:54:51.

quickly, that's our strength. We have to do that and the scores are

:54:52.:54:56.

there for the taking. Armagh had another couple of opportunities to

:54:57.:54:59.

score. How do you get it higher up the pitch in the second of? We have

:55:00.:55:04.

to make sure the sweepers get up the pitch. The long balls have caught

:55:05.:55:08.

them out. We need to get them back quicker. We need to make sure they

:55:09.:55:12.

don't get any space inside. And a lack of communication on the first

:55:13.:55:17.

goal also cost us. A bit of a breeze in the first half in Armagh's

:55:18.:55:21.

favour. What a game for the neutrals. STUDIO: There you have it.

:55:22.:55:25.

One good game and we forget all the pain. You both hinted it would be

:55:26.:55:32.

close and it's been a cracker. Fantastic game. Down started

:55:33.:55:35.

brilliantly and every fan will be delighted to see them throwing their

:55:36.:55:39.

bodies at it with more intensity, fantastic quality of play, moving

:55:40.:55:43.

the ball forward Greg. Four points on the board and they stormed

:55:44.:55:47.

Armagh. It was looking good for Down, but Armagh came back into it.

:55:48.:55:52.

You are expecting it to air band flow in the second half? I would

:55:53.:55:59.

expect Armagh to get on top at some point. We talked the game up

:56:00.:56:02.

beforehand and it hasn't disappointed. Credit to the referee

:56:03.:56:11.

in some respect. And to both sets of players that have gone at it. Any

:56:12.:56:17.

time anyone from Down or Armagh has injected pace into the game it's a

:56:18.:56:21.

really good spectacle. You just complemented a referee. I'm going to

:56:22.:56:24.

fall off the chair. He's having a good game. Great to see him out

:56:25.:56:38.

there looking so fit. It's tough coming out from a professional

:56:39.:56:42.

sport. It's taken a year or two to settle into life peer. He got

:56:43.:56:46.

himself sorted off the field. He's the reason Down are in Division 2

:56:47.:56:50.

next season, he's fantastic. He beat three Armagh players on the outside,

:56:51.:56:54.

and the decision-making has let him down in the past come but that was a

:56:55.:56:58.

good option to take the fisted point. Great tackling in the Down

:56:59.:57:06.

forward line. Great to get a turnover there. Under that pressure,

:57:07.:57:10.

Johnston squeezed the ball onto the right foot and it was a dream start.

:57:11.:57:14.

It can't be underestimated the pressure he's under to even get boot

:57:15.:57:18.

to ball and get power over the bar. It's a fantastic start. No room to

:57:19.:57:24.

work with, just a snapshot. Credit to Eamon Burns who has been going

:57:25.:57:31.

well in training. It took Armagh a while to get going, but when the

:57:32.:57:34.

Orchard got going the apples fell from the tree. I think Armagh had

:57:35.:57:40.

five Gold chances in the first half. Probably unlucky not to take another

:57:41.:57:46.

couple of them. Oisin O'Neill going for a score. What's Andrew Murnin

:57:47.:57:51.

claiming? Unlucky not to take it. Jamie Clarke had the presence of

:57:52.:57:54.

mind with bodies around. Mark Shields, not a lot of room to work

:57:55.:57:59.

with, he was able to get in between. Poor attempt at a tackle from

:58:00.:58:07.

Anthony Doherty. There are four Down defenders around him. He shouldn't

:58:08.:58:12.

have been given the space, let's be realistic, with Down with all those

:58:13.:58:16.

players back, he shouldn't be afforded the room. Another brilliant

:58:17.:58:22.

ball in and Aaron McKay, he won't find himself in those situations too

:58:23.:58:27.

often. He didn't have a nosebleed, he still was able to get a kick.

:58:28.:58:32.

Cunningham closed him down well and it was a good score. He obviously

:58:33.:58:37.

wanted a goal at that stage. But Armagh were big-time on top at that

:58:38.:58:41.

point and they created four or five very good gold chances. Michael

:58:42.:58:47.

Cunningham was quick to come off his line but then the down keeper was

:58:48.:58:51.

beaten again. Armagh with a sniff of goal, and Jamie Clarke has been

:58:52.:58:55.

outstanding in the distribution role. The first couple of balls of

:58:56.:59:00.

Jamie Clarke, trying to take on O'Hagan. O'Hagan got the better of

:59:01.:59:04.

him. Then he tries to slip it in, takes the step from Campbell. Good

:59:05.:59:08.

save from Cunningham, but Andrew Murnin puts the rebound in well. The

:59:09.:59:14.

Armagh forward line we spoke about before the game looks dangerous.

:59:15.:59:19.

Jamie Clarke might finish this game with no scores, but what he has to

:59:20.:59:24.

learn, and it still a learning process, when all the attention is

:59:25.:59:27.

on him, it gives him the opportunity to slip the ball to somebody else

:59:28.:59:33.

and for the likes of Campbell and Andrew Murnin, they should be

:59:34.:59:36.

finishing this game with five or six apiece.

:59:37.:59:44.

Bravo from Belfast, thanks for getting in touch to say Jamie

:59:45.:59:52.

Clarke, the conductor which sums it up. For all of his material

:59:53.:59:57.

brilliance, we could have thrown up four or five brilliant scores. Talk

:59:58.:00:02.

us through this one. Harrison is coming from the start. He's done

:00:03.:00:07.

everything right. It was a great save by Hughes. It's been a much

:00:08.:00:11.

talked about position for Armagh. That was a very powerful shot. If

:00:12.:00:20.

that had hit the net, Eamon Burns had his hands in his head because

:00:21.:00:26.

Armagh had not scored at that stage. That was a big say. He's come in and

:00:27.:00:34.

made it his own. His kick outs are good, he's confident and insured --

:00:35.:00:43.

assured. Without disrespect to Rafferty, you may have thought there

:00:44.:00:46.

is not an immediate replacement on the bench. We know how it went last

:00:47.:00:51.

year. We wouldn't want to see more of that. In the last ten years,

:00:52.:00:58.

we've had probably 11 or 12 goalkeepers within the Armagh set

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up. This young lad has cemented his place. The defences confident in his

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ability. His kick outs very, very good. Goalkeepers will make

:01:10.:01:14.

mistakes. Stick with him because he's the future. The game seesawed

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and each time you thought one team could be stealing it, back the

:01:21.:01:27.

others came. Super 8 got scores. O'Hanlon, typical of the way they

:01:28.:01:33.

have been playing. Freedom. That's a great term. Super 8, massive return

:01:34.:01:43.

in the first half, nine. He will have a go all day at those in

:01:44.:01:47.

training. It's great to see him nail a few here today. Great strength.

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That was needed at that stage. Down really just glad that stage. We have

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been waxing lyrical about Jamie Clarke. Almost into injury time,

:02:03.:02:11.

Makro and Anthony Donaghy can take credit for this. Jamie Clarke, that

:02:12.:02:22.

of magic. Going solo. Most players would be happy to get a point that

:02:23.:02:29.

that stage. I think Doherty got a hand to it here, didn't he? Yes,

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came through a number of bodies but it's great defending. That was off a

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backward step on his backward foot. Such a difficult effort, one of the

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best goals this season for sure. Just the way he dummied Michael

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Cunningham. Great defending by Doherty. Every time Armagh go

:02:56.:03:00.

forward, they looked like they have the possibility of golden

:03:01.:03:07.

opportunities. Armagh, another two goals, could finish this game. You

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picked out O'Hagan and he was having a good one. There's a couple of good

:03:15.:03:21.

ones at which one with Thomas. Thank you. We talked about the conditions

:03:22.:03:26.

in the game. A breeze developing. From a Armagh perspective, what will

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you take from the first half? That we are still in it, thank God,

:03:30.:03:36.

terrible first ten minutes. If we can get any sort of ball, with the

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breeze on our back in the second half, the winning of the game as

:03:43.:03:48.

there. Conversely, the battle with Charlie Vernon, and thankfully we

:03:49.:03:57.

close down Harrison. He's given as a whole lot of trouble. In many ways

:03:58.:04:03.

you have benefited from the fact Down have been at slow. Yes, they

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have brought the ball out a place. When they are coming out slow. They

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are not creating scoring chances. Armagh are picking their passes a

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little bit about. May be the breeze is a bit of a factor. Creating

:04:25.:04:31.

chances. For me, now we are settled into the game, I think it's

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difficult for Down in the second half. Danny Hughes, from starring on

:04:35.:04:40.

the field, you are now Stuart. What a start. A super start from Down,

:04:41.:04:47.

the first 15, they were on top. Armagh were not in the game am not

:04:48.:04:51.

getting the ball forward, but you could see when Jamie Clarke was

:04:52.:04:58.

getting a term here and there, it was smart the way he was making runs

:04:59.:05:01.

and creating space. Darren is playing well. You can see, when he

:05:02.:05:11.

gets away, he's very dangerous. Armagh are looking to score a goal

:05:12.:05:15.

every time they go forward. It's an entertaining game of football if

:05:16.:05:20.

nothing else. So many matches now, the battle around the middle of the

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pitch dictate the game in terms of breaking ball and clean catches.

:05:26.:05:35.

It's a pretty open game of football. Armagh are pushing a man up. At the

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minute, I'd just think Armagh, every time they go forward, they looked

:05:45.:05:48.

like scoring a goal. I think Down need to go a bit more direct. Go

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more up the field. It's a bit of a worry, you know. Thank you very

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much. It all to play for in the second half. Tank you, Thomas and

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Danny. He was expressing concern and feels Down is vulnerable at the

:06:11.:06:15.

back. There's no doubt about that. We were talking about it. It

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shouldn't happen from a sideline kick. The defence should be set up

:06:22.:06:25.

and away to cut it out. It travelled 60 metres. When it gets too

:06:26.:06:30.

defensive you grumble and then beget an open game and you still grumble.

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This is as happy as we could be right now. I'd take your point

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entirely. We are going to take you on a mystery player journey now. Can

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you identify the mystery player? I haven't got a clue. Both of them

:06:47.:07:26.

had it before the second shot. That so clued in they are. He's a

:07:27.:07:33.

midfielder and he likes to cycle. We will reveal all post match. The

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second half is about to get underway. Do get in touch. Jamie

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Clarke is running the show at there. In terms of management, is there

:07:45.:07:49.

much either will do in the second half? You think O'Hagan will be

:07:50.:07:56.

disappointed not to start but you expect to see him come off the

:07:57.:08:01.

bench? I expect to see him. He can get goals and points. I would be

:08:02.:08:06.

interested in the psychology, he's bound to be very disappointed, how

:08:07.:08:09.

he dealt with not starting because he would've expected to start. Willy

:08:10.:08:14.

Wonka to contribute or will you be annoyed? -- will he want to

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contribute. I've not seen much of Armagh this year. If anything you

:08:26.:08:30.

think Kieran McGeeney could weave into this to make an impact? The one

:08:31.:08:35.

player who is unlucky who didn't start in the middle of the field,

:08:36.:08:39.

he's a player who can come in and make a difference. O'Hanlon has

:08:40.:08:48.

scores in him. The problem Armagh have is possibly at the other end of

:08:49.:08:58.

the field. Harrison, then Armagh can win the game. Charlie is better off

:08:59.:09:06.

the field at this stage. Armagh, it's so traditional. Man-to-man

:09:07.:09:11.

marking. If you are pitted against a marker, fair enough, you can get one

:09:12.:09:18.

more switch and then get taken. It's been very manly stuff in the first

:09:19.:09:21.

half. Stuff we have not seen. We talks about it being a derby. You

:09:22.:09:28.

could wind the clock back to the 90s. They would not be much

:09:29.:09:32.

difference. It's been a really enjoyable game. I still think Armagh

:09:33.:09:39.

can click on with the game. It's been OK Corral as a shot taking at

:09:40.:09:47.

us and we can take a shot at you. Is there the potential for extra time?

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Could it be that tight in 35mm time? There is definitely potential. The

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way the game unfolded towards the back end of the first Armagh half,

:09:59.:10:04.

back on the pitch already, the goal chances are a big worry for Down and

:10:05.:10:10.

if they concede another goal it could been curtains but given their

:10:11.:10:19.

good start, we could see extra time. However, I think we'll stick with

:10:20.:10:24.

our original predictions that Armagh will stick it. You will be very

:10:25.:10:29.

popular when you go home. I'll give you a tip, don't go into your local

:10:30.:10:38.

tonight! Armagh Are out and Down are just about to come out. I'm sticking

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Armagh with Armagh because they are scores in the forward line. Without

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losing glimpses of what the game can do so far. Keep it fairly tight,

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defensively and then definitely Armagh. The second half commentary

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is coming up from Martin and Thomas. COMMENTATOR: Welcome everybody back

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to Pairc Esler. Fantastic game of football. I'm thoroughly enjoying

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watching it but I've imagine if you are the referee, match manager, you

:11:19.:11:25.

might be tearing your hair out at times. Exactly, different people

:11:26.:11:30.

over the country are saying it's a very enjoyable match and other

:11:31.:11:36.

people are getting tactics right and thinking it's not what we want to

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see but from a crowd point of view, people watching on TV, we are

:11:40.:11:45.

enjoying it. It's been brilliant so far. Very enjoyable. It's a game we

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needed badly. The bench will be very important. This is a quarter which

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warrants a lot of matches. No changes to Armagh Down or. We wonder

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what was said. Tackle foiled by Forker. A free in for Down. Managers

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like to settle your team down, get the defence settle down. McKernan

:12:28.:12:34.

stays far back and then has that momentum and both of them, give them

:12:35.:12:43.

credit, he will say he is lucky it's not a Donegal match. It is a nice

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easy good match and you got to give credit to the players as well. You

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are wondering what was the delay. The goalkeeper Cunningham, he looked

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at the ball and then O'Hanlon said, no, I will take it. It goes wide.

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Opening moments of the second half and the crowd at Pairc Esler, the

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Ulster championship needed this today. Definitely. We watched

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Cunningham kicking from there before the game started. Let him have a go

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at it. Forker trying to play it through to Clarke. He brings it back

:13:33.:13:43.

inside. Pops it out. Grugan. Campbell tries to pick it up, but

:13:44.:13:48.

the ball has gone loose into the hands of Turley. Brilliant play from

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the midfielder. Johnston, good tackle, and the referee says it's

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going to be a Armagh goal. Of the 15 scores, 13 from play. You have got

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to give Down credit, they are working hard. They are really

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putting in tackles. Campbell should get there before it goes out of play

:14:17.:14:21.

and he does. Right on the corner line. Campbell still going. Trying

:14:22.:14:24.

to go on his manner game. Jamie Clark. Charlie Vernon just dips

:14:25.:14:32.

ahead and goes. Moving side words. He finds Shields, the scorer of the

:14:33.:14:38.

first goal in the first half. Shields still going. Great tackle

:14:39.:14:45.

from Mooney. Eventually it's picked up by Turley. A brilliant tackle by

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Mooney. That is what coaches do, get their hands across the player. Great

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tackle. Armagh superb tackling. Ryan Johnson. Weaving his way through the

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Armagh offence. Trying to give it to his brother. I can tell you that the

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Johnston brothers have plenty of history with these games through the

:15:19.:15:24.

years. It's a fascinating battle to watch. Falling for Down. This time

:15:25.:15:30.

they will go for the goalkeeper Michael Cunningham. The big

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Crossmaglen man will take this just behind the 45. He places a gently on

:15:38.:15:49.

the turf. The ground is in pristine condition at Pairc Esler, a superb

:15:50.:15:52.

surface. Great weather, great crowd, superb atmosphere. A chance for

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Down. They could strike level. Michael Cunningham kicks it. It

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doesn't go over the bar. He didn't catch it right at all on the ground

:16:09.:16:13.

when he kicked it. Here's a very good kicker. Down will be

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disappointed. The goalkeeper has ball in hand. He is a way out from

:16:24.:16:29.

goal and could lose it. Hughes could be in bother here. The Down players

:16:30.:16:37.

know he's out of his goal. Straightaway stopping the danger

:16:38.:16:44.

with Shields. Down are putting pressure on. The goalkeeper has ball

:16:45.:16:49.

in hand. I was thinking, the ball needs to be got rid of quickly. It's

:16:50.:16:55.

good to use or goalkeeper and teams do use them, but from the point of

:16:56.:16:58.

view, you have to be certain. Get rid of it, lay it off quickly. A

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chance to draw level, O'Hanlon scored two points today, needed

:17:09.:17:13.

three. Level, with five minutes gone in the first half. Armagh, they

:17:14.:17:23.

didn't have goalkeeper is coming up. We've seen the exact same thing in

:17:24.:17:28.

Dublin. They haven't got a very good reserve goalkeeper. Peter Turley

:17:29.:17:32.

tries to keep it in play brilliantly. In fact, it was

:17:33.:17:42.

Doherty. He polished off that a few moments ago. Down are in front. The

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players are pushing and shoving one another. Donaghy, it's all kicking

:17:50.:17:56.

off at Pairc Esler and the sides are level. It came down from the

:17:57.:18:06.

goalkeeper. Brilliant play by Donnelly. You can see it, O'Hanlon

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was confident to kick it. That is a good score. Down started the second

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half the way they started the first half. He's letting Hughes now here's

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the scorer of four points today. A very experienced man. One of only

:18:31.:18:36.

three Armagh players still in the squad with an Ulster championship

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medal. O'Hanlon goes into the referee's notepad, a yellow card.

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The first yellow card today. 42 minutes gone, 11-2. Kick out. High

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out in the middle of the field. Armagh are going to bring on a

:18:56.:18:59.

substitute. Turley wins the breaking ball. O'Hanlon changes the ball

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direction to Mooney. Jarreau and Johnson is outmuscled. -- Jarreau

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met Johnson. -- sometimes you make the run and don't

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get it. The momentum is with the defender. Charlie Vernon being taken

:19:31.:19:40.

off now. The first move, Grimley has come in. It means Donaghy is the

:19:41.:19:46.

only player on the field with an Ulster championship medal. It

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Ball inside their own half. Grimley has come on.

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He uses his strength well. Hughes, the pass was not perfect but he made

:20:04.:20:13.

the most of it. He scored a point in the first half. He gives it a

:20:14.:20:17.

Shields, who scored a goal in the first half. Looking for options, and

:20:18.:20:23.

eventually finds O'Neill. Lovely, lazy style, the way he had said but

:20:24.:20:27.

it drops short into the hands of the goalkeeper. Millar comes away with

:20:28.:20:32.

it for Down on the break, crosses the fortified metre line. James

:20:33.:20:40.

Morgan with a clenched fist. The referee says it is Down's ball.

:20:41.:20:45.

Brilliantly picked up by Ryan Johnston. It's not good enough. The

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ball does not go over the bar. It goes wide. A brilliant turnaround at

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the other end. I think the breeze is stronger than you realise. Great

:20:59.:21:06.

block. It's important to get down. Again, good movement. I've thought

:21:07.:21:13.

Johnston should've carried on with the ball. Armagh on the attack yet

:21:14.:21:18.

again. They win it inside their own half. Joe Mac arrived. -- Mac Roy.

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Sierras Mooney, who spent a lot of time in Australia playing

:21:36.:21:39.

professional sport with the AFL. It is ambitious. Great score from him.

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The second of today, Mooney, the first after five minutes, and now he

:21:49.:21:54.

has got the last. 45 minutes,. A brilliant score. Great tackle.

:21:55.:21:59.

Brilliant play by Maginn to make that tackle. Mooney, we always say

:22:00.:22:10.

give him the ball. A good score. Sheridan foiled. Murnin has done

:22:11.:22:21.

well. He tries to take a hand to it, trying to find someone. Now you can

:22:22.:22:26.

see pushing and shoving. Here it comes again. There is the full-back

:22:27.:22:35.

for Down. McGovern in a headlock. He gets up. Quite wisely, the captain

:22:36.:22:44.

goes, calm down. The match umpire is now talking to the referee. Will see

:22:45.:22:48.

a valid thing comes out of that. I thought he was fouled. He created a

:22:49.:23:00.

problem for himself. He ended up picking up a yellow card. He was

:23:01.:23:04.

definitely fouled when the ball went in. Particularly at the right side.

:23:05.:23:13.

They are not getting anything out of it. It's going to be a free inside

:23:14.:23:22.

their own 30 metre line. The ball is in the hands of Michael Cunningham.

:23:23.:23:28.

His challenge up debut in 2014, a qualifying win. McGovern goes again.

:23:29.:23:43.

He tries to find Mooney. McAleenan able to hit. A good tackler on the

:23:44.:23:52.

ball and so was this man. Over the bar it goes! A great score from him.

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Maginn. That the brilliant score. The difference is, going back to

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what I've said in the first half, Armagh kicking the ball forward.

:24:10.:24:15.

Down are running the ball and that's working. The sweeper getting

:24:16.:24:18.

forward. He needs to get on the ball. It's been very solid so far

:24:19.:24:27.

for Down. He's holding it together, doing the simple things right,

:24:28.:24:34.

keeping a cool head. Down scored the first scores today. The referee has

:24:35.:24:40.

paused play because one of the players is injured. How important is

:24:41.:24:46.

experienced now? A third of Armagh's team to date has not played in the

:24:47.:24:52.

championship before. There is a strong breeze but leaders are very

:24:53.:24:57.

important and this third quarter, Down have been the better side.

:24:58.:25:02.

Armagh needed a girl but did not score. It's the same situation in

:25:03.:25:07.

the second half. Down have been the better side, you have to save. They

:25:08.:25:12.

deserve their lead. O'Hagan looks like he could be coming on. Ryan

:25:13.:25:22.

Johnston is back on his feet. Grimley has it. Here come Armagh yet

:25:23.:25:27.

again. A tackle from Maginn was weak. Moving forward, Murnin are

:25:28.:25:33.

running out. He leans back, does not have the accuracy. It goes wide. I

:25:34.:25:40.

think that's when they are creating problems. They are trying to get the

:25:41.:25:46.

likes of Jamie Clarke on the ball. He has been handed the ball. The

:25:47.:25:52.

second half, he's the orchestrator of the whole thing but they have not

:25:53.:25:57.

got the ball to him. Even though he has been marked, and the ball to him

:25:58.:26:04.

and he will do the rest. 16,168, the official attendance here today.

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Everyone of them treated to a brilliant game football, plenty of

:26:09.:26:14.

mistakes but at least it is close. Campbell trying to take on his man

:26:15.:26:19.

from behind. He allows the advantage to go. Armagh score. Down down 13

:26:20.:26:33.

point. The man who got that one was Anthony Duffy. Is first one since he

:26:34.:26:37.

came on as a substitute. He came on for O'Neill. They ran the ball. It's

:26:38.:26:51.

not working for them. He picked up an injury there, Donaghy. He seems

:26:52.:26:59.

to be in discomfort. A big strong player, fantastic game so far.

:27:00.:27:04.

Influential in midfield along with Peter Turley. We will see if he's

:27:05.:27:12.

able to continue. Let's look at the incident. The goes for the ball,

:27:13.:27:18.

lays back, and it was the left foot of Grimley, no question it was

:27:19.:27:22.

accidental but he came down hard on his calf muscle, I think it is. He

:27:23.:27:28.

has been there, done it all before. His wife Patricia is beside him.

:27:29.:27:37.

Eamon Burns has done it to. Two all Ireland medals to his name. Donaghy

:27:38.:27:46.

is in agony. Doesn't look like he's going to be able to continue. His

:27:47.:27:52.

leg went under him. His foot caught him as he went down to the ground.

:27:53.:27:56.

We look at the scoreboard and talk about points. You will get goals and

:27:57.:28:06.

points are important. That's the difference. It shows you that Down

:28:07.:28:13.

have been the better team. It's important to those battles. The ball

:28:14.:28:18.

comes to the middle of the field, both players go up for it, and it is

:28:19.:28:29.

the ankle of Donaghy. It's the lower part of his leg. Painful. The

:28:30.:28:37.

structure has come on. It's great to see him on his feet. Since he was

:28:38.:28:40.

introduced, he has been playing well. Barry O'Hagan is coming on. So

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too is another man, and that is David McKernan. As we say, O'Hagan

:28:51.:29:02.

is coming on and so to is David McKernan. His game ending sooner

:29:03.:29:09.

than he thought. There is a pause in the game. Everybody is looking

:29:10.:29:15.

around. How can this impact at game of football because of the crucial

:29:16.:29:21.

stage? It could affect Down more than Armagh. The memento MORI with

:29:22.:29:26.

Down. Armagh felt they wanted to keep the game going.

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APPLAUSE Here's a loss to them. You feel that

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Armagh at some stage will take over at some stage in the game so the

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next five minutes are big for Armagh.

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Barry O'Hagan, welcome to Championship football. It has been

:29:54.:29:59.

the top scorer throughout the league. A brilliant person to be

:30:00.:30:08.

able to bring on as substitute. Mark Shields.

:30:09.:30:17.

Down have 13 players back behind the ball. Long ball to the front forward

:30:18.:30:25.

line. Campbell has curled it a bit too much. Ball still in play.

:30:26.:30:32.

Brilliantly won by O Hanlon, popping up everywhere. Fiennes Ryan

:30:33.:30:33.

Johnston. That's a brilliant pass. Superb ball

:30:34.:30:48.

to McGovern. Not another person in the ground saw that. Brendan

:30:49.:30:53.

Dovegate in front of his man, snatching possession back for

:30:54.:30:56.

Armagh, building again from the back with Morgan.

:30:57.:31:12.

Fork away out on the left-hand side. Highball into the danger zone.

:31:13.:31:23.

Andrew Murnin drops it. Down, away at pace. Caolan Mooney. The referee

:31:24.:31:36.

says no. That's a black card, has to be. Interesting to see what the

:31:37.:31:40.

referee does. He got the call from the linesman. Armagh weren't happy

:31:41.:31:49.

he touched the ball on the ground. The hand when the ball breaks away

:31:50.:31:56.

here. Jamie Clarke breaks for the ball and he picked up the hand

:31:57.:31:59.

there. The incident happened just after the replay. The referee taking

:32:00.:32:09.

the name of Anthony Doherty. On his Championship debut, he has a black

:32:10.:32:17.

card. Turnover. You are not allowed to hand trip. We have seen that so

:32:18.:32:26.

often in the Ulster Championship. Cahill Murray Dummett the great

:32:27.:32:36.

coach. -- Cahill Murray, the great coach. Higgins. Following the play.

:32:37.:32:43.

Armagh with the ball in, try to give it inside. Ryan Johnston has it.

:32:44.:32:54.

McKern and does well to pick out a red shirt. Mooney can go at pace. He

:32:55.:33:04.

certainly does. He almost looks faster with the ball than without.

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Still going, inside the 45, chopped down by Mark Shields. It's a free in

:33:10.:33:13.

from the 40. Brilliant play from a halfback. They had time for a pint

:33:14.:33:20.

at the other end. A lot of the Armagh forwards have lost their

:33:21.:33:25.

confidence. Caolan Mooney ran away from two Armagh players try to

:33:26.:33:30.

follow him up the field. A free in, a big kick. They are not having

:33:31.:33:33.

Michael Cunningham taking it, Darragh O'Hanlon will take it. Down

:33:34.:33:43.

on 13 points, Armagh on two goals and five. A chance to extend the

:33:44.:33:50.

lead for Down. O Hanlon just inside the 45. He has been able to steal a

:33:51.:34:01.

few yards. Right footed from O Hanlon. That's a bad miss. I was

:34:02.:34:08.

thinking before he kicked how well the two wing out backs of Down were

:34:09.:34:14.

playing. It gives Armagh the lift they probably needed at this stage.

:34:15.:34:19.

Gavin McParland, it seems he will be introduced as substitute. Armagh on

:34:20.:34:28.

the attack with Stefan Campbell. Campbell didn't work it out the way

:34:29.:34:32.

he wanted. , when they run with the ball it

:34:33.:34:48.

causes problems, but they are still on system kicking it. -- they still

:34:49.:34:52.

on clicking -- kicking it. Ryan Johnston was just about

:34:53.:35:13.

everywhere in the first half. He has been more quiet after the break.

:35:14.:35:20.

Downstairs mac could have done with him in the last few minutes. There

:35:21.:35:26.

has been a substitution for Down. Ryan Johnston making his way off the

:35:27.:35:32.

field of play very slowly. This will be taken by Kevin McKernan. Conor

:35:33.:35:39.

Maginn pretended to go one way but goes the other. Jamie Clarke, so

:35:40.:35:46.

quick and still going. Taking on his man. Conor Maginn tackling and

:35:47.:35:51.

leaving it. Anthony Duffy is the man who had it, gave it to Clarke.

:35:52.:35:56.

Ambitious effort from way out on the left-hand side. Andrew Murnin tries

:35:57.:36:02.

to keep it in play but it goes wide. Looking at Armagh in the second

:36:03.:36:08.

half, they were 2-4 at half-time, they have one point in the second

:36:09.:36:13.

half, we are 24 minutes in, and they only have one score. Armagh have

:36:14.:36:20.

averaged four goals every two games. Downstairs mac have one goal every

:36:21.:36:24.

two games. We shouldn't be surprised at Armagh have hit the net twice.

:36:25.:36:46.

It's too hard to get the ball that far downfield to make the decision.

:36:47.:36:53.

Take on the players and work it up the field. Kieran McGeeney is on the

:36:54.:36:57.

phone, making some contribution towards his management staff. He has

:36:58.:37:04.

never won a game in the Ulster Championship. I would guess he's

:37:05.:37:07.

speaking to Denis Hollywood. Maybe we will see more changes. Armagh

:37:08.:37:15.

behind the 45 metre line. So many players in there. The referee says

:37:16.:37:17.

it's a free out. That's a big one for Down, the sort

:37:18.:37:27.

of thing that can lift the whole team. Looks like a choke tackle.

:37:28.:37:33.

Wouldn't let him go to ground, kept him upright. Great play. He has only

:37:34.:37:46.

been introduced as a substitute by that got the referee giving a free

:37:47.:37:51.

out. He's very sharp on over carrying. Two more men to go past,

:37:52.:38:00.

but the referee has called it all day. He's not giving a free in that

:38:01.:38:04.

situation. Campbell moving forward at will. The ball at the sideline in

:38:05.:38:10.

the hands of an Armagh player. Shields eventually finds Joe

:38:11.:38:27.

McIlroy, driving inside. McIlroy still going. The referee says play

:38:28.:38:31.

away. Kevin McKernan spot the running

:38:32.:38:42.

Darragh O'Hanlon, who has the time and space. Caolan Mooney is out

:38:43.:38:51.

wide. The referee says that wasn't an illegal tackle. We will have

:38:52.:38:59.

another look at that. Stefan Campbell inside the Down half of the

:39:00.:39:04.

field. Niall Grimley wearing night, but was introduced as a substitute.

:39:05.:39:11.

Armagh could do with a score. It goes to the wrong post, wide. I

:39:12.:39:16.

thought Mooney was fouled going through. The goal chance was on. The

:39:17.:39:23.

two wing halfbacks charging forward together. It looked to me like that

:39:24.:39:30.

was a foul. Brendan Donaghy took him down. They were just trying to

:39:31.:39:33.

concede a point, not the goal, and the ball broke away from them. Not

:39:34.:39:37.

giving frees today. Allowing players to put their hands in and Mooney is

:39:38.:39:41.

disappointed with himself because there was a clear insight. Down have

:39:42.:39:46.

put Armagh away. Still only two points in it. They have been on top

:39:47.:39:50.

in the last five or ten minutes and haven't finished the game off.

:39:51.:39:55.

Brilliant support play from Mooney. O'Hagan goes one way and many other.

:39:56.:39:59.

On the right boot, going for the shot from distance. The umpires

:40:00.:40:03.

looking at one another. He has only been on a field five minutes and has

:40:04.:40:06.

scored a brilliant point for to extend their lead. Martin Clarke in

:40:07.:40:13.

the studio told us this man should be on. Brilliant play. Space is

:40:14.:40:17.

being created because Armagh have to push score. The Down record at home

:40:18.:40:26.

this year has been pretty poor. One win and three defeats. In comparison

:40:27.:40:30.

to Armagh, they haven't lost an away game this year. Armagh on the attack

:40:31.:40:40.

yet again. Stephen Sheridan does well to find another orange shirt,

:40:41.:40:43.

Stefan Campbell. He's trying to mosey his way through. He's tackled

:40:44.:40:48.

and the crowd shouts for a throw ball. In the hands of Jamie Clarke,

:40:49.:40:53.

who can't be stopped. Tries to find Mark Shields, but the smothering

:40:54.:40:58.

blanket that is red and black does the trick. Shane Millard, so often

:40:59.:41:04.

today he has been that outlet. He's had a great game. A very hard

:41:05.:41:05.

worker. Mile McParland finds Miller. Joe McIlroy is coming more into the

:41:06.:41:31.

game. Inside the 45 metre line, Paul Hughes taking on his man. Brilliant

:41:32.:41:37.

play to get across the defender. James Morgan tries to find his man,

:41:38.:41:41.

brilliantly caught by Niall Grimley, who tries to cross soccer style.

:41:42.:41:49.

Armagh moving their way through. Will they go for the score? Faulkner

:41:50.:41:54.

with the shot, just the wrong side of the post. What an opportunity.

:41:55.:41:59.

Maybe had more time than he thought to turn onto his right side. Running

:42:00.:42:05.

at them causes problems. The ball inside by Donnelly. Unfortunately,

:42:06.:42:12.

if you could have put it across. They are turning over the ball and

:42:13.:42:16.

creating goal chances. Armagh badly need a score. Another Armagh

:42:17.:42:22.

substitute. Nile Roland coming on. The man going off is Aidan Forker.

:42:23.:42:36.

Armagh have it two goals and they need a third. Another look at that

:42:37.:42:42.

attempt. Shot coming in, side netting. Unfortunate. Big

:42:43.:42:49.

opportunity. O'Hagan is moving dangerously on goal. Tackle by Aaron

:42:50.:42:55.

McKie, making his Championship debut today. He wins the free out. Superb

:42:56.:43:03.

tackle to dispossess O'Hagan. Great tackle again. Aaron McKay is the one

:43:04.:43:07.

Armagh player doing well since coming in to the full-back line. A

:43:08.:43:15.

high tackle to give away a free. He felt it was the best thing to do. He

:43:16.:43:20.

picks up a yellow card. We have gone 31 minutes in the second half and

:43:21.:43:24.

Armagh only have one point. Very disappointing in the second half.

:43:25.:43:31.

Armagh winning the five past Championship meetings between the

:43:32.:43:37.

counties, the last one in 2011. They are hoping here for six in a row.

:43:38.:43:40.

They have a bit of work if that's going to happen. They have

:43:41.:43:46.

possession, however, inside their own half. The first touch from Niall

:43:47.:43:56.

Rowland. Stefan Campbell driving at the Down defence. Kevin McKernan

:43:57.:44:00.

hits him with an almighty thump and the referee says play away. Jamie

:44:01.:44:03.

Clarke looking for the return pass but doesn't get it. Down smothering

:44:04.:44:08.

the Armagh forwards. It's still not clear. A point perhaps might do for

:44:09.:44:15.

Jamie Clarke. It is kept in play brilliantly by Andrew Murnin. Shot

:44:16.:44:19.

from Niall Grimley, who has hit it wide. Three different opportunities

:44:20.:44:24.

to get a score and they take none. In the second half they seem to have

:44:25.:44:31.

completely lost their confidence in the forward line. We hear a lot

:44:32.:44:35.

about the brilliant Armagh forward line, they are great on paper. You

:44:36.:44:39.

have to play as a team together and they haven't done that. They have

:44:40.:44:42.

lost all confidence and they are all afraid to take a shot, can't get the

:44:43.:44:48.

right players on the ball. Armagh has hit one point in the second

:44:49.:44:53.

half. That tells its own story. To the middle of the field with the

:44:54.:44:59.

players contesting it. O'Hagan, people raised eyebrows and asked why

:45:00.:45:03.

he was dropped. Perhaps it was a masterstroke to be able to play like

:45:04.:45:08.

that on as substitute. Miller gives it to Conor Maginn. Played out the

:45:09.:45:18.

right-hand side. Joe Murphy tries to play it in. The referee says no

:45:19.:45:25.

free. Joe McIlroy has possession. There are two minutes left of normal

:45:26.:45:33.

time. Armagh need to conjure up something. Realistically, they need

:45:34.:45:42.

a goal. It will be a sideline ball. Some pushing and shoving going on.

:45:43.:45:46.

One of the Down players is down. Darragh O'Hanlon, back on his feet.

:45:47.:45:55.

Paul Hughes moving forward again. Tackled by Mike Kernan. Darragh

:45:56.:45:59.

O'Hanlon is there as well. Paul Hughes hoping for the free. We can

:46:00.:46:08.

see Darragh O'Hanlon right now. Just shouldered. I think he was

:46:09.:46:13.

shouldered into someone else who hit him in the face accidentally. One of

:46:14.:46:16.

the stewards. A yellow card for Niall Grimley.

:46:17.:46:22.

Armagh on the attack. 25 of the 30 players now inside the 45 metre line

:46:23.:46:35.

that belongs to Down. Armagh have come here many times before but they

:46:36.:46:38.

can't seem to get the ball to the full forward line. They could do

:46:39.:46:44.

with a score. Jamie Clarke goes himself. Takes the bouncing contact.

:46:45.:46:49.

He has three players surrounding him and does well to find an Armagh

:46:50.:46:54.

jersey. Paul Hughes passing out to Jamie Clarke. Good tackle from Kevin

:46:55.:47:02.

McKernan. Stood up strong, but eventually the free is won. It's

:47:03.:47:06.

taken shot for Brendan Donaghy, opportunity for an Armagh goal. It

:47:07.:47:10.

bounces in front of the goalkeeper and Michael Cunningham clears his

:47:11.:47:13.

lines. Shane Miller is again the outlet. The Kernan takes a mighty

:47:14.:47:21.

shoulder. Five minutes of extra time to play. A massive hit. Looks like

:47:22.:47:27.

he's injured his shoulder. We can look at the save and then the

:47:28.:47:32.

challenge. I thought they should have put the ball over the bar.

:47:33.:47:36.

Plenty of time to get it back to two points. Great ball out by Michael

:47:37.:47:40.

Cunningham. Kevin McKernan has had a great match. The tackle he made a

:47:41.:47:45.

free moments ago, putting his body on the line. He showed leadership.

:47:46.:47:49.

We talked about it before the game. He has been a great leader. It could

:47:50.:47:55.

be the ACE joint, which is a difficult injury in Gaelic football,

:47:56.:47:59.

the shoulder. A massive hit on Kevin McKernan. When he was hit he did a

:48:00.:48:08.

full 180 degrees, like Gary Coleman in the 1992 final. He a leader of

:48:09.:48:22.

team. If there is one motivator in the Down team, it's Kevin McKernan.

:48:23.:48:28.

We talk about O'Hagan as well, Mooney. The Neil Young Lad Shane

:48:29.:48:31.

Miller has come in and done really well. -- the young lad Shane Miller.

:48:32.:48:41.

He looks like he took a bang on the A/C joint. If you were Eamon Burns

:48:42.:48:49.

you would like to keep on the field and he's staying on the pitch. On

:48:50.:48:53.

his feet, great news for Down. They could do with him for the additional

:48:54.:48:58.

few minutes. Five of additional minutes, the fourth official has

:48:59.:49:03.

said. Looking at the shoulder again. Kevin McKernan in the middle of the

:49:04.:49:09.

screen, takes the full hit. He will feel that in the morning, but

:49:10.:49:12.

perhaps not now. It's more the way he hit the ground. Niall Rowland

:49:13.:49:20.

just had to get his body in there. He's been playing that role as a

:49:21.:49:24.

sweeper and getting forward when it counts today, Kevin McKernan.

:49:25.:49:28.

Another substitution. Conor Maginn making way. The three is hit

:49:29.:49:38.

straightaway. Poland is the man coming on as substitute. James

:49:39.:49:45.

Morgan picking up the pieces. Armagh need a goal, it's as simple as that.

:49:46.:49:50.

They trail in this game. They need to get something and hit the back of

:49:51.:49:56.

the net. They have had several opportunities in the match, they

:49:57.:49:59.

have hit two goals already. They need a third, otherwise their Ulster

:50:00.:50:03.

Championship aspirations will end here today. Niall Rowland is taking

:50:04.:50:10.

on, still going, and he's fouled. A free in on the 13 metre line. Two

:50:11.:50:17.

minutes of additional time remaining, but during those five

:50:18.:50:19.

minutes that were indicated at the very beginning, there was a long

:50:20.:50:24.

stoppage for Kevin McKernan. We might have another four minutes

:50:25.:50:27.

perhaps of time to be played. What does Martin McCue do here? We went

:50:28.:50:35.

back to Oisin O'Neill's kicking in the first half, they got a goal out

:50:36.:50:38.

of it. Duffy asking how long is left. Kevin McKernan still getting

:50:39.:50:45.

treatment. He doesn't seem to be right on the field. Down have used

:50:46.:50:52.

all their substitutes. He's definitely holding his arm. The

:50:53.:50:56.

adrenaline will carry him through, but Down Will Hope it men's quickly.

:50:57.:51:03.

And not made worse by him continuing to play here. As it stands they will

:51:04.:51:10.

be through to the semifinal. McParland takes a point. Whatever he

:51:11.:51:14.

has been told he thinks there's enough time. Armani to brush up on

:51:15.:51:26.

them, every man picking up a player and getting the ball. -- Armagh need

:51:27.:51:35.

to brush up on them. The breaking ball is won. Straightaway driven to

:51:36.:51:43.

the full forward line. Johnson tries to get there. Brilliant tackle from

:51:44.:51:47.

James Morgan. It's fantastic to get a hand in. Unable to keep it in play

:51:48.:51:51.

and it will be a Down sideline ball, just as good as a free. I don't know

:51:52.:51:57.

why Down checked the ball in long. They like to go along with the kick,

:51:58.:52:02.

but they should keep the ball. Don't bother going for a school, just keep

:52:03.:52:07.

possession. We can already see some Armagh supporters making their way

:52:08.:52:11.

out of the ground. They have given up hope. Down throw inside. A chance

:52:12.:52:16.

of a score that could really kill it. Over the bar, great point and

:52:17.:52:23.

superb score from David McKibben. The deficit increases again to

:52:24.:52:31.

three. Armagh need a goal. Brendan Donaghy, to the wrong player, it

:52:32.:52:37.

goes over the bar. We have played five minutes of additional time. Now

:52:38.:52:41.

it's very simple. It's up to the referee how much he adds on. Armagh

:52:42.:52:46.

need a goal and the referee says to put it back. He's not allowing that

:52:47.:52:50.

kickouts to be taken just yet. Substitution for Armagh. Two going

:52:51.:53:03.

off, 14 and 15. Stefan Campbell and Andrew Murnin. Both going off. The

:53:04.:53:09.

last role of the dice for Armagh. They have to win the kickout and get

:53:10.:53:13.

it up the field. They have to score a goal. The whistle is in the mouth

:53:14.:53:19.

of the referee. One last attempt. High ball from Brendan Donaghy.

:53:20.:53:24.

Jamie Clarke was up for it. Dragged down surely by Kevin McKernan.

:53:25.:53:30.

Definite black card. Something tells me he will not be too distressed by

:53:31.:53:35.

that. Straightaway incomes... I wouldn't like to be hit by Ciaran

:53:36.:53:41.

O'Hanlon in there. O'Hanlon and Mooney in there. This is not doing

:53:42.:53:49.

Armagh any favours. It will be a free in on the 13 metre line.

:53:50.:53:55.

They'll have everybody back behind the ball. Brendan Donaghy trying to

:53:56.:54:00.

cool things down. Morehead locks. This is very disappointing. It's

:54:01.:54:11.

like WWE. Very dangerous, wrestling at the perimeter where the

:54:12.:54:14.

supporters are. Some of the crowd could do anything to those players.

:54:15.:54:19.

Very dangerous at this stage. Trying to get players from both sides moved

:54:20.:54:24.

away, the referee. We talk about the black card, the reason that was

:54:25.:54:28.

taken in was because of the famous tackle on Conor McManus by Sean

:54:29.:54:33.

Cavanagh. Kevin McKernan is going to get a black card, but he made the

:54:34.:54:40.

decision to pull the player down. He has taken the black card for his

:54:41.:54:48.

team. If down didn't have enough substitutes to take up Kevin

:54:49.:54:53.

McKernan, he has been able to go off with a black card. The reason it was

:54:54.:54:57.

introduced, the last man tackle, but still on the opportunity presents

:54:58.:55:01.

itself, the man will still take him down. The black card is no good for

:55:02.:55:05.

the situation. It's all right for the stronger teams like Dublin and

:55:06.:55:10.

Kerry, they can get away with it. But with weaker club teams, it's a

:55:11.:55:14.

disappointment. They better to give a red card or yellow card when a

:55:15.:55:17.

player is under pressure. That's what Kevin McKernan did. He stopped

:55:18.:55:21.

the gold going in and he has won the match for his team. The other

:55:22.:55:27.

players will say, why isn't a red card more in question? Kevin

:55:28.:55:38.

McKernan goes over to the Down back row staff. He it looks like the

:55:39.:55:44.

joint on his right shoulder, the way he holds his hand across it. The way

:55:45.:55:49.

it must have popped up. The referee says to hold on a second. Caolan

:55:50.:55:54.

Mooney was try to speak to him. Interesting to see if he allows the

:55:55.:56:03.

free to be taken by Armagh. Nile McParland in there, so is Barry

:56:04.:56:11.

O'Hagan. Stephen Sheridan. It doesn't really make any difference

:56:12.:56:14.

to the game now because one would expect the referee will blow it up

:56:15.:56:19.

after this play. After the referee goes around this, if Armagh still

:56:20.:56:22.

have the free, they have to go for goal. It will be yellow cards all

:56:23.:56:31.

round, it looks like. Most people will say handbags, but it's

:56:32.:56:34.

disappointing. We had a very enjoyable first off and the second

:56:35.:56:36.

half has been disappointing. We don't want to see something like

:56:37.:56:41.

that in a match. Joe McIlroy goes into the referee's notepad. Stephen

:56:42.:56:47.

Sheridan will as well. They are the two Armagh players. Yellow card, red

:56:48.:56:54.

card for Joe McIlroy. Sent off. And yellow cards to all three. Four

:56:55.:57:00.

yellow cards, but Joe McIlroy am I can't remember him being booked.

:57:01.:57:05.

He's chasing up with the referee. He is perhaps saying it wasn't him. The

:57:06.:57:08.

referee asking for help. Late drama here. As far as we are concerned,

:57:09.:57:16.

Joe McIlroy wasn't booked. He picked up a yellow card, the referee has

:57:17.:57:20.

made a mistake by sending him off. The easy thing to do is to recognise

:57:21.:57:24.

it wasn't a yellow card. The referee chatting to his fourth official to

:57:25.:57:30.

check whether this man was booked. He wasn't booked, regardless, the

:57:31.:57:34.

referee making a mistake. Will he be given the opportunity to rectify it.

:57:35.:57:37.

He's speaking to the linesman, down with the umpires. We have played 81

:57:38.:57:44.

minutes. Terrible finish to the match. He has left him on, made the

:57:45.:57:52.

decision. Fair play. That came very simply from Joe McIlroy questioning

:57:53.:57:54.

the decision. That's why he's allowed to stay on the field. If

:57:55.:57:59.

Ulloa Roy gets his hand to the ball and knocks it now! -- if Joe McIlroy

:58:00.:58:09.

gets his hand to the ball now. Complaining that somebody is

:58:10.:58:17.

standing too close infant of him. We have only seen somebody banging it

:58:18.:58:21.

in from the 13 metre line wants, a couple of years ago. It's too high,

:58:22.:58:25.

over the bar. That might just be that. I think the person happiest is

:58:26.:58:31.

the referee, that the ball went high over the bar and didn't go into

:58:32.:58:40.

these the small rectangular net. We'll see if the referee adds any

:58:41.:58:45.

additional time. 82 minutes played, the game has had just about

:58:46.:58:49.

everything. In the second half, Armagh didn't play to their

:58:50.:58:52.

capabilities. Down have just played better. The referee allows play to

:58:53.:59:01.

continue. Morgan passes it. Jamie Clarke is looking for the high ball

:59:02.:59:07.

in. Clarke trying to get the breaking ball. It is grabbed by a

:59:08.:59:13.

Down player and surely that's that. The players rejoice. They know it

:59:14.:59:15.

was a big breaking ball to win. The referee says play on. Into the

:59:16.:59:30.

semifinal of the Ulster Champion go Super 8. A brilliant game of

:59:31.:59:32.

football littered with mistakes but fabulous entertainment. Yes, a great

:59:33.:59:37.

game of football. The second half wasn't as good. Some games you

:59:38.:59:43.

expect that to happen. He's a happy man, Eamon Burns. The team played

:59:44.:59:50.

with heart for him. McGovern showed what it was made of. A cool customer

:59:51.:59:55.

and the pressure. From their point of view, a big match. It's important

:59:56.:00:02.

McKernan is available for the semifinal and gets his shoulder

:00:03.:00:09.

looked at. Mooney was good. That man worked his socks off. The Johnstons

:00:10.:00:20.

were very good. Down will be very happy. Disappointing for Armagh. A

:00:21.:00:25.

lot expected of them. Very disappointing, especially the second

:00:26.:00:30.

half. Seven points is not going to win a championship match. Only one

:00:31.:00:37.

point scored in the second half. Kieran McGeeney will be very

:00:38.:00:40.

disappointed because they are definitely putting in the work. They

:00:41.:00:45.

didn't show up today in the second-half particularly. Some of

:00:46.:00:48.

these players were not even born the last time they beat Armagh the

:00:49.:00:53.

championship. For them, they got to go to the qualifiers, so the summer

:00:54.:01:02.

has not ended just yet. Down will play Monaghan or Cavan. Let's go

:01:03.:01:14.

pick side. It was a battle at there. How pleased to come out on top are

:01:15.:01:22.

you? Yes, massive game. Trying to get the right men on the pitch,

:01:23.:01:28.

thankfully we have 29 of the most committed men in Down. 25 years of

:01:29.:01:33.

hurt. I think we can dedicate it to those nine players. It's looking

:01:34.:01:44.

more positive. Commitment was typified in your second-half

:01:45.:01:48.

performance. The manager said half-time? You seem to make it very

:01:49.:01:52.

difficult for Armagh to get any opportunities in the scoring zone.

:01:53.:01:58.

The game took on a life of its own. We were in control on the second

:01:59.:02:03.

half and in the second half, we reassessed. We heard them the way we

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know we can. The possession at the end, fantastic stuff. Was that the

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tackle you had to make? Yes, it was about to get in contact on him. So

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much has been said in the past 18 months about this squad of players.

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Do you think you proved a point today? Yes, when you put on the

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jersey, it's a massive honour. Eamon Burns spoke about that today. If you

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put on the jersey, it's not the end of the world, but today we put pride

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back in the jersey. I hope the supporters are happy. A few bumps

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and bruises inside the dressing room. You can see the commitment,

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men putting their bodies on the line. The contact tackles, its

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massive. A collection of effort from both teams. Thank you. Thank you

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very much to Thomas and Kevin. Congratulations to Down, they

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deserved. They did, and if you forensically look at the game, strip

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away the goals that Armagh got, which were half chances, when you

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strip that back and consider Armagh scored in a forward line, had plenty

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of scores in them, if you were to tell me that Down would get no

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goals, I would have guaranteed they would have won the game. From the

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Armagh point of view, it's difficult. I'm looking at the Armagh

:03:57.:03:59.

the boys trudging off the field now. How they picked themselves up from

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the game they were expected to win, will be a difficult job for Kieran

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McGeeney and the staff. They will have to pick themselves up. Down on

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the other hand, twice they've had their backs against the wall this

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year. They have picked themselves up and won the game. That's a good

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team. Today, when their backs were against the wall, everybody had

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written them off, considering they are a division two team, Armagh RA

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division three team, when you consider all that and strip away

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everything, from the Down Pintado, it was a very manly performance. I'm

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reminded of the fact that nobody wanted this job and Eamon Burns put

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his hand up and today must be great. It is the rarest of treats, home win

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in the championship for Down, in the past 20 is, it hasn't happened. We

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have been beaten badly in a lot of championship games but that was

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disciplined, determined and Down were the better team today. Armagh

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didn't have a clue going forward. A lot of the guys playing were on the

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counterattack, and well done to Eamon Burns and the Down players

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because everybody had written them off. I had my doubts but they were

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the better team and hopefully they can think about not just enjoying

:05:30.:05:31.

this victory but going on in challenging against Monaghan and

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Cavan. You are both agreed on the man of the match, who was with

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Thomas. Yes, we have Vernon Fox to present Darren O'Hanlon with a man

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of the match award. Hand it across to the recipient. What was the key

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to today's victory? Desire, workrate. This team is not good

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enough and we were not making any effort. Some of the games we were

:06:07.:06:11.

losing, we just fell apart in the second half. In the league, we

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played well, new boys came in and then we got beaten two in a row and

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had to go down to Cork with our backs against the wall. We got a

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draw to stay up. This is the biggest game Down have had since 2010. We

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knew if we put in the workrate we would get a victory today. We are

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buzzing for this match today and I'm glad we came out on top. How

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important was the third quarter of the game because in many ways,

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that's what championship matches are won and lost on. You seem to win

:06:45.:06:56.

every break-up ball. Yes, there was a big shift in midfield. A lot of

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cookouts, as well. We went into the dressing room and point down and had

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a good talking to. In the first half, there was a serious breeze.

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The second half, it was hard-hitting. And glad we came out

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on top in the end. Were there many tactical changes at half-time? The

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sweeper system didn't seem to be working. Armagh had lots of goal

:07:24.:07:28.

opportunities. The first half, they had an extra manner. I thought our

:07:29.:07:45.

defence coped well. He was outstanding today, Donaghy. He saved

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one off the line in the first half. It was a team effort for some I'm

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glad we are on top. Congratulations, you are the man of the match. Next

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up for you, the Ulster semifinal. STUDIO: To the victors at the

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spoils. So much of what he did today was so good. Here is one example we

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can take a look at. He was fantastic. It was not a clear man of

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the match choice. A great turning point here on his right foot. His

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point in the second half was a better kick at a crucial stage

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again. As well as his good defence, kept charging forward. Plenty of

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good performances from Down but it was a real team effort. East about

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with his points and his good running up and down the wing, but it was an

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even effort which will please Eamon Burns and the management team.

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Honourable mentions for O'Hagan. You were agonising over Mooney and

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O'Hanlon. The first scorer in the second half. Talk us through his

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contribution today. He seems to be back. There was a lot expected of

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him, 21 years of age, he's not played a lot of Gaelic football

:09:07.:09:11.

particular senior level. Mouths he's had a lot of two full seasons. He's

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had a great start. His athleticism is fantastic. He punched the air

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after this cake. It means everything to him. In the first two years, a

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lot of stresses as his career in Australia folded. He's a young man,

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23. Look at this, fantastic. He gave it a fist pump. I had a feeling Down

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was not going to be caught. I'm really pleased for him and the boys.

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They slugged it out. You could hear them also, they've been hurt and

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it's great to see they have done something about it. Brilliant.

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You've already complemented the manager Eamon Burns. He's alongside

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Thomas. I'm very happy, Eamon Burns, and they expect there's drama and

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you try to influence the match, but how pleased were you with the way

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the players dealt with the game and dictation? I thought the game plan

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we set out was performed very well. Couple of setbacks in the first

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half. Apart from that, especially in the second half, we were very

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disciplined, organised, strong in the tackle, and turned the ball over

:10:31.:10:37.

quickly, so we asked the boys to battle hard at half-time, exactly as

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they did in the first half and they kept us ticking someone's got the

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lead, we we were in a strong position. The two men in the middle

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of the field put in a fantastic shift. Yes, Donaghy put on a

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fantastic game. Peter Turley pulled his hamstring and we worked hard to

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get him ready. He gave a 55 minutes and we thought 35. What more can

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they say, a great display. He picked up an injury late in the game. He

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gave me a thumbs up by think is OK, the boys that have an I think he's

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OK. In terms of the overall performance, questions were asked in

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the first half, how did you shore things up in the second half? We

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worked the system well. The boys were organised. The people playing

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in the half checked runners back and got the ball delayed for Southwark

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gave us a chance to get tight on the inside line. Many players cause us

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problems. Our boys did not panic. We got the ball and use it well. What

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would you like to say about the players like O'Hagan who did a

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fantastic job on Clarke and also Millar? A lot of lads did well

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today. It's hard to pick out guys. I thought, as a collective, everybody

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did what was asked. Congratulations once again, thank you. It couldn't

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happen to a nicer guy. He is deserving of that. If you look to

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that first half, Armagh created opportunities and that will be a

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concern but also on the flip side, something to work on. I don't think

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Eamon Burns will have many concerns. He will be pleased what his team is

:12:46.:12:50.

done. He has got a lot of flak. I have given him some slack, but his

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team look well organised, of the game. These goals were sloppy. He

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won't be happy with their pact defends there. There's five Down

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defenders. Shields still able to get a goal. That is something obviously

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which will concern him and he will have to look at it. Honestly, I

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think today is about the pressure being taken off him. The next one is

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all about Jamie Clarke. He created that bit of space. Campbell on the

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end of it. Down were slack for 15 minutes and Armagh created five very

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good goal chances and probably should have taken at least another

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one. But Down were able to respond to this. They were able to go back

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up the field. At a crucial stage of the game, we were debating heavily

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who would get man of the match and the recently gave it to O'Hanlon was

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it came at crucial times, his scores. That's the mark of a player,

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how you judge a player when his team is under pressure, what he actually

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does, so from that point of view, Eamon Burns will be worried but it

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will be Tuesday before he gets ready concerned about that. A lot of

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talking points. The black card pretty much at the top of the tree.

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Two given. They could have been a third. The first one, Joe Mac Roy.

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This wasn't was in the first half. Jerome Johnston, an explosive

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player. It was missed time to. Black card 's most of the summer, that's

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the disappointing thing. It should have been given and it wasn't.

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Oisin? It is Andy Donaghy commonly loses possession of the ball. He

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realises that if Armagh break at that stage, they won't have a

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defensive structure and he takes a black card for it. Armagh ended up

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not getting the score of it. When you look back at the black cards,

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the two, they will be happy enough with them. Eamon Burns could be

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frustrated with them. The next one, McKernan, there's no question about

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that one. He did the right thing. What is the point? What good has it

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done in that situation? To the end of the incident, by the time the

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referee came, seven minutes it took for him, from the black card, from

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the referee to come back, deal with it, dish out four meaningless yellow

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cards, and by that stage, we are in the 83rd minute of the game. I just

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think what is the point? The referee goes back, throws the ball in or

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gives a free kick. If the boys want to fight, let them fight away in the

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game goes on. I know that is simplified. Especially towards the

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end of a game, if somebody takes a black card, it takes a minute or two

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to sorted out. I think it would be great for club referees to have that

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and let. If there is a lot of punches in a club match, the

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referee" in the two opponents and the game is on. You're not going to

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let your team down and be involved punching. It is played in the AFL,

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the ball is on, live, and the last thing you want to do is fight. You

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want to play for your team. There was an instant by the stand full

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topic needs to be sorted out, avoided. It's OK when there's lots

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of professionals and they can calm it down but at club level, it could

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help. Retrospectively, after the yellow card, he withdrew one. I want

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to dig down a little bit into Armagh's performance and you felt

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there was a lot of indiscipline in the tackle. Yes, couple of times

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Armagh were able to bring the players back. This is Kieron Mooney.

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A simple kick. He has no need to do that. There's lots of Armagh players

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there. This is not given, Donaghy. Another free kick. How Cunningham

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does not see it a free kick? At a crucial time of the game. Armagh

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have two players back. All they have to do, is stand them up. Shields is

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trying to get his hand over it. He won't be able to do that without

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giving away a free kick, no logic to it. In a situation like that, you've

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got to be disciplined in the tackle. Armagh did it once or twice in the

:18:22.:18:25.

first half with a lot of players. That discipline, Armagh lost the

:18:26.:18:33.

game by a point in the end. Let's rewind 60 minutes. Barry O'Hagan

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came on and got his point. I was surprised about him not starting.

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Also Donnelly and Doherty and all did brilliantly. Well done, Eamon

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Burns. No one let down. O'Hagan, a class act. Phenomenal. He is so

:18:57.:19:03.

sharp, right on the turn. That's testament to his psychology, to be

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dropped for this game, and not to start, he would have been so

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disappointed but he had a great contribution. He will be pushing for

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the next game. I know Armagh was thing against the breeze, but how

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indecisive where they but as soon as Barry O'Hagan got the ball, he had a

:19:23.:19:26.

go. He had a lot of opportunities later on. In the frantic closing ten

:19:27.:19:35.

minutes, you could forget Forker had a chance. He didn't realise just how

:19:36.:19:42.

much time he had. How he gets the space in there, I know it easy

:19:43.:19:48.

saying it, but if he dummies back onto his right foot, all he has to

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do is slide it. It means he's got a very narrow half chance. Armagh went

:19:56.:20:06.

for goals far too early in my opinion. I know the wind was strong.

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That was not an opportunity. Take your point, reset, go again. They

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panicked and made some poor decisions in the final third. Here

:20:17.:20:23.

is the view from the stands, what the fans thought.

:20:24.:20:30.

I don't know what they are saying. I think Armagh is poor. I think the

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referee should be in a Down jersey. The best team won. A lot of people

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will talk about the manager but you can do as much training and talking

:20:49.:20:53.

as you want, in the changing room, but when you cross the line, it's up

:20:54.:20:58.

to you. The players today just did not stand up. Difficult, nail-biting

:20:59.:21:04.

to the finish but they came out on top, brilliant. Absolutely

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unbelievable. Great to beat Armagh. I am married to a Armagh woman so it

:21:10.:21:18.

makes it all the sweeter. I thought they were outstanding. Brilliant. I

:21:19.:21:25.

think was a great game for Down full survey played wonderful in the first

:21:26.:21:28.

half. A good game, evenly matched. They deserved it. I thought one team

:21:29.:21:40.

was as good as the other. Maybe she could do my job for me. I suspect

:21:41.:21:44.

you may be wondering who our mystery guest was. Here is the reveal.

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# Remember me, I'm the one who had your baby 's eyes...

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He of course was the mystery guest. Well done to you if he got it. Let's

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talk about that late incident. You felt there was a potentially could

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have spilled over onto the terraces because it rumbled for five or six

:22:20.:22:24.

minutes. It is passion, the players are passionate, a lot at stake. The

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last couple of minutes of an Ulster championship both teams are

:22:29.:22:31.

desperate to win. You understand boys throwing themselves in. You

:22:32.:22:35.

have to stand up for yourself and your team-mates. It was the length

:22:36.:22:40.

of time it was allowed to continue. It looks ugly and unsightly. It's

:22:41.:22:45.

not something we want to see. We want to see Passion. We encourage a

:22:46.:22:50.

certain amount of this. When it develops into this, it just gets

:22:51.:22:55.

silly. This is the second half now. Rightly so, Armagh players were

:22:56.:23:05.

incensed Kevin McKernan dragged down Jamie Clarke but that's the rules.

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It's just the length of time it takes. He gave a red card, the

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referee, so you got to give credit for that. He did make a mistake. It

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took in five minutes to rectify it. By that stage, all the momentum is

:23:22.:23:28.

out of the game. It's typical what happens towards the end of the game.

:23:29.:23:34.

The black card, taken in to do away with this has added to the problem.

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To compound his mistake, Clarke had a 14 yard free kick after that.

:23:41.:23:46.

Likely from the Down perspective, it was a mistake and they were not back

:23:47.:23:51.

the required distance. Thank you very much. That was good fun, chaps

:23:52.:23:57.

for the next Sunday we would all again and let's hope the meeting of

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the neighbours next week is as good as it was today. Cavan against

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Monaghan, 1:45pm on the BBC. That's just about it from Pairc Esler. We

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trundle home. We hope to see you in a week. From us all, bye-bye.

:24:19.:24:23.

Mark Sidebottom presents coverage of the Ulster Championship quarter-final between Down and Armagh. The neighbours go head to head at Pairc Esler in Newry for a place in the last four of the provincial championship.


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