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McCorry's men are hoping for more Mourne supremacy

When a team triumphs in the face of adversity, it normally affords the manager cause for future optimism.

And although Down boss Jim McCorry is not quite shouting a message of defiance from the rooftops, he has good reason to believe that his side can leap back into the top tier again if they beat Westmeath in Mullingar tomorrow.

In last Sunday's one-point win over Galway (1-17 to 1-16) Brendan McArdle yet again became an injury victim, and when Conor Garvey was detailed to fill the void he left in midfield, he in turn was banished via a black card.

Down's honest endeavour in the turbulent engine-room had much to do with a win that sees them edge closer to Division One and has fired optimism for tomorrow.

"We were in a backs to the wall situation and I thought it was a gutsy performance. They showed a never-say-die spirit and that was pleasing," maintains McCorry.

Following the trip to Westmeath, Down complete their programme with home games against Laois and Meath.

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