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Snub won’t hurt Down focus: Tally


Paddy Tally

Paddy Tally

Paddy Tally

The Ulster Senior Football Championship is about to throw-in for 2021, with unfancied Down given no chance whatsoever when Donegal come to Newry for the preliminary round tomorrow. 

Such is the disregard for the Mournemen out there, some Derry figures were openly talking last weekend about facing Donegal in the first round proper, not even name-checking Down.

“It was noted,” said Down manager Paddy Tally of the snub.

"It was noted, but I don’t think it makes an awful lot of difference to what we’re doing, where the Derry players' minds are at the moment.

“Obviously they are looking towards the Championship and maybe a few players have looked towards the result of this game before it’s played, but really all of our focus is on ourselves.”

Elsewhere, Antrim play their first match in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship against Dublin in Navan today, with manager Darren Gleeson warning they will be judged on their Championship performances.

“The Championship will be different and maybe that’s what the commentators were getting at - ‘how will they stand up to the pace of Championship hurling?’ That’s the big unknown for us going into the weekend,” he said.

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Elsewhere, former Tyrone boss Mickey Harte takes his Louth team for a Leinster clash against Offaly, while Tony McEntee, an All-Ireland winner with Crossmaglen and Armagh, is in charge of Sligo who face Mayo.

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