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Down must shut up shop at the back or Donegal attackers will tear us apart, warns manager James McCartan

By John Campbell

Down Manager James McCartan
Down Manager James McCartan
Down Manager James McCartan
There is no way through for Down's Eoin McCartan as his path to the ball is blocked by Donegal's Paddy McGrath and Neil McGee
Down manager James McCartan shows his disappointment towards the end of the game against Mayo
Donegal's Neil McGee with Eoin McCartan of Down

James McCartan is in absolutely no doubt as to precisely what Down have to do if they hope to make it into the Ulster Senior Football Championship final at the expense of All-Ireland champions Donegal.

“We have got to bring our ‘A Game’ to the table,” pronounces McCartan. “If we don’t we will be beaten out the gates.

Against Derry in our quarter-final we didn’t turn up for the first-half and now we have to try and take our second-half performance from that tie and superimpose it for the whole seventy minutes.”

In what he views as an “awesome ask” against Jim McGuinness’s fired-up side, McCartan makes no bones about what he expects from his defence in particular.

Read John's verdict only in tomorrow's Sunday Life

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