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Ice-cool Carr delighted by players’ praise

By John Campbell

Aidan Carr’s role in helping to take Down into Sunday’s Ulster final against Donegal has been hailed in many quarters.

But the praise which has been heaped upon him by his colleagues means “more than anything” to the modest Clonduff clubman.

It was the ice-cool Carr who cleverly drilled in a goal from a penalty immediately before half-time in the semi-final to trim Monaghan’s then seemingly unassailable lead from nine points to six and thus trigger the most dramatic comeback in this year’s Championship overall.

And having set the tone for what proved a memorable second-half performance, Carr went on to land a spectacular point from play before sweeping over a towering point from a 50-metre free in the 70th minute to tie the match at 1-13 each with Darren O’Hagan pouncing for an injury-time winner.

Carr, playing at wing-forward having served Down well at half-back for several years, will once again join Danny Hughes in providing the link between defence and attack against a Donegal side noted for its defensive resolve.

And Carr, son of former Down boss Ross Carr, is bolstered by that ringing endorsement from his colleagues.

Mark Poland is in no doubt that his penalty goal proved the catalyst for Down’s comeback.

“Aidan threw us a lifeline with that goal and there will be no prizes for guessing who will take a penalty if we get one against Donegal,” said Poland.”

And skipper Ambrose Rogers admitted he thought Down had been left with a mountain to climb before Carr’s crucial strike.

“When the ball went into the Monaghan net from that penalty I got the feeling we might get something out of the match after all and so it proved,” said Rogers.

For his part, Carr is only too pleased to have made a contribution to Down’s stunning victory.

“While I was very pleased for the Down fans, any praise I get from my colleagues always means more than anything to me. It’s a privilege to be part of this Down side,” added Carr.

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