Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

It's just a total Down-er

These are not the happiest of days for Down manager Ross Carr.

Faced with the possibility of serving an eight-week ban following his outspoken criticism of the referee following his team's defeat by Fermanagh last Sunday, Carr must also strive to focus on what is a daunting Ulster Championship assignment against Tyrone at Omagh on June 8.

Last year, Down were rather surprisingly beaten by Monaghan at home in the provincial campaign before making their exit from the All Ireland qualifiers at the hands of Meath.

Having missed out on the chance to gain promotion to Division Two, Down are now under rather more pressure to redeem themselves in the championship arena.

And Tyrone's reinvigorated displays in the latter half of the National League suggest that they will be more than able to capitalise on home advantage against the Mournemen.

A meeting of the Down county board will be held tonight and it is expected that a decision will be made on whether or not to appeal the proposed ban on Carr.

His assistant D J Kane is already serving a 16-week suspension and the absence of the management team for the clash with Tyrone would surely create big problems for a team anxious to reclaim their pride and confidence.

"There are decisions that have to be taken and tonight should throw some light on certain issues," said Down spokesman Diarmuid Cahill.

And Down could also face more woe arising from their Under 21 All Ireland semi-final defeat by Kildare.

Defender Conor McGarvey may have to serve an eight-week ban after the Central Competitions Control Committee studied video evidence of an incident involving Kiidare centre-half-back Gary White that took place during the contest.

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