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Monaghan's Malachy O'Rourke sticks with winning formula for Down rematch


By Declan Bogue

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke has kept faith with the fifteen starters who began the round 3 qualifier win over Carlow, ahead of their round 4B qualifier game tomorrow against Down.

That means that Vinny Corey is still kept out of the starting line out, along with Dessie Mone, Conor McCarthy and Ryan McAnespie, all of whom appeared as second half substitutes in that nervy win over Turlough O'Brien's men in Netwatch Dr Cullen Park.

Croke Park opponents Down are taking no chances with their team, leaving it until today to unveil what Eamonn Burns' intentions are.

It is a similar story with Armagh, who face Kildare in tomorrow night's headline fixture.

Meanwhile, former Tyrone legend Owen Mulligan is not mincing his words when he assessed the lie of Ulster football.

"Make no bones about it, Ulster football is miles off where it once was.

"The province is often held up as the most competitive in the country, absolute nonsense. Tyrone won Ulster at a canter this year beating everyone in sight and will go into a quarter-final completely untested," he said in his Paddy Power blog.

"Right now, Mickey Harte's team are the only northern side capable of having a tilt at the All-Ireland and it will take some time for the rest of them to catch up."

MONAGHAN (v Down, Rd 4B All-Ireland qualifier): R Beggan; F Kelly, D Wylie, R Wylie; S Carey, C Walshe, K O'Connell; K Hughes, D Hughes; N McAdam, D Malone, G Doogan; O Duffy, J McCarron, C McManus.

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