Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Down to learn date of match

Down will learn tonight when their re-arranged National Football League Division Three game against Limerick will take place.

Manager Ross Carr had been hoping that his side would maintain their push for promotion last Saturday but when the game against the Shannonsiders scheduled for Pairc Esler, Newry was called off because of surface water, Fermanagh and Wexford availed of the opportunity to steal a march on the Mourne side in the divisional table.

Fermanagh currently sit on top, unbeaten in five matches with Wexford tucked in behind them on nine points.

But the most telling factor governing Division Three is that Malachy O'Rourke's side have still to face Down and Wexford.

No wonder Mourne boss Ross Carr is anxious that his side will not afford any of his team's challengers further leeway when they face Leitrim on Sunday.

"We can't afford to drop even a point from here on in," insists Carr. "This promotion race looks as if it will go right down to the wire and we want to be involved."

Carr is likely to again rubber-stamp the line-up he chose for last weekend's aborted game for the trip to Leitrim.

And this means that skipper Dan Gordon will be flanked by Brendan Coulter and Paul McComiskey that, on paper at least, carries a major scoring threat - providing they are plied with possession, that is.

Leitrim are rooted to the bottom of the table having won just once so far but they have produced some encouraging performances lately without quite managing to garner more points.

Down have amassed 6-39 to date and manager Carr is hopeful that this scoring ratio can be further boosted this weekend, particularly as there is so much at stake for his side.

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