Belfast Telegraph

Down have sixth sense

When Tyrone ushered Down out of the Ulster Championship at the semi-final stage, the level of despondency within the Mourne squad at the final whistle was such that their appetite for All Ireland qualifier action had all but dissipated.

Yet 48 hours after that game ended, Down’s desire had been dramatically rekindled — and all because a planned training session was instead translated into a no-punches-pulled players’ meeting when several home truths were aired.

The upshot was that, with the players prepared to assume collective responsibility for their provincial setback and the management team having deployed their motivational rhetoric to good effect, Down surged through the qualifiers to arrive in today’s semi-final against Kildare fuelled by a new-found confidence and fortified by a game plan that has to date maximised their talents.

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