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During an illustrious playing career with Down which brought him two All Ireland medals (1991 and ’94) James McCartan displayed a competitive streak that tended to set him apart from his peers.

And since taking over as the Mourne county boss in succession to Ross Carr towards the end of last year, McCartan has revealed that same quality in even greater abundance — guiding his side into Division One of the National League.

Today though ‘Wee James’, whose legendary father James Snr was among the Down heroes of the 1960/61 era, will require his fierce appetite for battle and his considerable tactical acumen when his team confront a fired-up Donegal in the Ulster Senior Championship quarter-final at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.

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Belfast Telegraph