Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 10 October 2015

McComiskey aims to be the driving force again

Published 05/03/2010

Paul McComiskey endured too much pain and frustration because of injury last year to put any undue emphasis on Down’s glowing start to 2010.

McComiskey, whose scoring exploits from play and frees have underpinned the explosive early burst by James McCartan’s side, believes that should the team survive their demanding March itinerary, which begins at home tomorrow night against Tipperary, without dropping a point there will be scope for real optimism.

The wiry McComiskey, an elusive runner and subtle finisher, has a vivid recollection of his battle against injury last year — a battle that sharply restricted his input into the side.

“It would be no exaggeration to say that I spent virtually the entire season trying to get fit.There were times last year when I thought I would be fit only to break down again. Now I contrast that with Down’s form — we don’t want this to prove a false dawn,” says McComiskey cautiously.

He will again share the free-taking duties with the dynamic Martin Clarke tomorrow night as Down strive to extend their unbeaten run in the league prior to facing the formidable twin challenge that Donegal and Armagh will pose over the next fortnight.

Ambrose Rodgers will lead a Down side brimming with confidence and anxious to remain a potent force. Calum King is certain to be alongside him again in midfield while John Clarke, having rediscovered his best form, will link up with his brother Martin and Benny Coulter to help garnish the Mourne attack with experience.

Tipperary are likely to find scores difficult to come by given the impressive form of Brendan McKernan and Conor Garvey in the Down rearguard while James Colgan, normally regarded as a midfielder, has been impressive at centre-half-back.

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