Down’s Niall Madine scores a goal against Leitrim during their All-Ireland senior championship qualifier ayt Páirc Esler, Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Inpho

Down 4-18 Leitrim 0-9 There was never even a hint of a shock at Páirc Esler in Newry yesterday as Down stamped their class from the outset on anothe(...)

Aggression and attitude: Down’s Conor Laverty fends off Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh during their drawn Ulster quarter-final at Celtic 	Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Tyrone v Down, Down v Tyrone. Two games in six days, both of them tense and physical and hard-fought all the way. Real Ulster Championship stuff, m(...)

Tyrone’s Peter Harte and Conor Maginn of Down battle for possession during the Ulster SFC preliminary round replay at Páirc Esler in Newry. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tyrone 3-11 Down 0-12: Second chances are meant to be grabbed with both hands and Tyrone certainly made sure of that in Newry on Saturday night as the(...)

Down’s Aidan Carr scores a penalty past Tyrone goalkeeper Michael O’Neill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If, as we assume, the Ulster Championship is the whole kit and caboodle when it comes to what the football summer has to offer this side of July, it’s(...)

Crossmaglen’s Stephen Kernan elbows Kilcoo’s Conor Laverty and gets sent off for the challenge in the sides’ Ulster club SFC quarter-final replay. Photograph:  Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Kilcoo 3-10 Crossmaglen 1-8: It took 160 minutes to separate them, and two goals in the first-half of extra-time helped Kilcoo finally defeat club gia(...)

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh is tackled by Down’s Conor Laverty and Ryan Boyle at Kingspan Breffni Park last Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When we watch football these days, we can do one of two things. We can complain and moan that the modern game is an eyesore or we can really sit down (...)

Down’s Brendan McArdle disagrees with referee Eddie Kinsella. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Strange how in giving Donegal their biggest scare in the Ulster championship in three years Down might also have done them one enormous favour.Because(...)