Down can't afford another mishap, says McCorry
What should have been the proverbial canter to promotion for Down has suddenly turned into a white-knuckle ride.
Prior to Sunday's unexpected eclipse by Meath, Jim McCorry's side had been in pole position to make the ascent into Division One of the Allianz Football League.
Instead, they now face relegation-threatened Laois in a must-win game at Pairc Esler, Newry on Saturday in their bid to move up in the world. While Down sit at the top of the table with eight points, Meath, Roscommon and Cavan are all tucked in behind them on seven points.
Indeed, Down's quest for promotion might have been dealt an even more serious blow had Galway not overcome Roscommon on Sunday.
With Roscommon due to meet a Westmeath side looking doomed to make the drop to Division Three and Meath hosting Cavan, the outcome of these two matches could conceivably have major repercussions for Down.
But Down boss McCorry acknowledges that his side's fate is in their own hands.
"Last Saturday against Meath we hit seven wides in the first half and then another seven after the break. In addition, we dropped some shots short into their goalkeeper's arms and we certainly cannot afford a repetition of that if we are to get the win we need this weekend," declares McCorry.
The black card incurred by Mark Poland did not help Down's cause against Meath although Caolan Mooney, Ryan Johnston and Brendan McArdle, all of whom came on as subs, will now be pressing for starting places against Laois who fell to struggling Kildare last weekend.
The 4,000-plus crowd at Saturday night's game is expected to be exceeded this weekend and McCorry is hoping that his team can lay on a special treat for the Mourne fans.