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Things are looking up for Down

By John Campbell

Down captain Ambrose Rogers has been doing his best to turn a deaf ear to the talk this week that suggests his side have only to turn up at Mullingar on Sunday and they will be rewarded with the two points against Westmeath which will ensure their safe passage into Division One of the National Football League.

Unbeaten after five games and their confidence sky-high after a first win in league or championship in over 15 years against neighbours Armagh, Down are on the crest of a wave right now.

But Rogers, who highlighted a superb personal performance against the Orchard County last weekend with three points from play, echoes the warning already sounded by his manager James McCartan on the team’s trip to the midlands.

“Westmeath have no points so far but James maintains that a side will always eventually pick up something. We don’t want this to happen on Sunday so we will keep our guard up,” insists Rogers.

Down expect to have Martin Clarke in their attack following the injury he picked up against Armagh while Mark Poland, who impressed after coming into that game as an eleventh-hour replacement for Paul McComiskey, may retain his place.

Rogers adds: “We have a lot of boys trying to get into the side and that helps to keep everyone on their toes.

“Obviously it would be a big bonus for us to get promotion but we are certainly taking nothing for granted.”

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