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Manager Eamonn Burns is sure that Down can survive

By John Campbell

The assertion by Down manager Eamonn Burns that he feels he can "turn things round" will be put to the test tomorrow at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford where his side face Roscommon in a must-win game as they strive to retain their foothold in Division One of the Allianz Football League.

Successive defeats to Donegal, Monaghan and Kerry have punctured morale within the Mourne squad but Burns clings to the belief that his team can survive.

To do so, they will have to overcome a Roscommon side that has been walking on air lately following back-to-back wins over Kerry and Cork.

"We can turn things round despite our situation," said Burns.

"The boys were in good form going into the match against Kerry but things did not work out. When you are playing in Division One you are going to come up against top teams."

Donal O'Hare, Barry O'Hagan and Connaire Harrison are the players that Burns is likely to lean on for scores against a Roscommon side that racked up 4-25 against Cork last Sunday.

And he will look to the McGoverns, Gerard and Conaill, to prop up his defence against a side rich in fire-power.

Meanwhile, Ryan Jones finds himself in a new role as he takes over at full-forward in the Fermanagh side in place of the suspended Sean Quigley for the Division Two clash against Laois.

Jones is flanked by Paul McCusker and Tomas Corrigan in an inside line that manager Peter McGrath hopes can provide the springboard for a much-needed victory.

And promotion is certainly very much in the minds of Antrim as they head to London in search of their fourth victory on the trot in Division Four.

Joint managers Frank Fitzsimmons and Gearoid Adams have already warned their players to take nothing for granted.

Victory for Antrim would keep them in the frame for a slot in Division Three and Tomas McCann can again play a big part in igniting their attack.

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