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Down no shockers: McMenamin

By Declan Bogue

One of the most prominent players in the drama that played out over two games between Tyrone and Down in 2008, Ryan McMenamin, has warned that a Down win over Tyrone in tomorrow night's replay in Newry could not be considered as an ambush on a par with the result six years ago.

Back then in Ross Carr and DJ Kane's first year in charge of the Mournemen they spent their league campaign in the third tier.

Little was expected of them when they travelled to Healy Park, but they delivered a blistering performance to take Tyrone back to Newry and an extra-time 1-19 to 0-21 win that witnessed glorious scenes at the final whistle.

"You can't say it would be an ambush after the way Down played last Sunday," said the 2005 All-Star and three-time All-Ireland winner.

"You can't describe it as that because they have been forewarned and, if anything, Tyrone should have been beaten on Sunday.

"Down are hungry, they haven't won a title now in 20 years and Tyrone have gone a few years since they won it.

"For this crop of players, there has been a lot said, that they have had their opportunities and anyone you chat to in Tyrone feels as if it is time to step up and deliver upon the potential," he said.

"It's up to them to do that if they want to go on to make a name for themselves.

"Everyone on that team is going to have to raise their game by 20 per cent."

* LISNASKEA Emmetts are preparing to host a star-studded Sevens tournament in memory of their late captain Brian Óg Maguire tomorrow.

Teams from St Gall's, St Mary's Belfast and a Fermanagh select will be just some of the sides in action.

The under-14 competition is due to start at 10am, with the senior competition beginning at 2.30pm.

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