Down’s Kevin McKernan gets his shot away despite the efforts of  Kildare’s Shane Connolly at Páirc Esler. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Kildare 1-18 Down 0-11 A team with an identity crisis is one that will always leave you scratching your head. Which is the real Kildare? Yesterday’s (...)

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan takes to the line after receiving a black card in last week’s drawn Ulster senior football Championship preliminary round game against Down at Healy Park. Photograph: Inpho.Omagh, Tyrone 18/5/2014Tyrone vs DownTyrone’s Niall MorganMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Both teams would have been disappointed with last week’s outcome. Down manager James McCartan understandably said that he’d have taken a draw at ha(...)

Down manager James McCartan: “I’ll have no problem getting the boys motivated for next Saturday night.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rare is the draw that someone doesn’t walk away from happy. Or at the very least relieved to be given another chance. Yet here was a game where 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(...)

Armagh’s Robbie Tasker is tackled by Down’s Niall Madine during their Allianz Football League Division Two match played in atrocious conditions at the Athletic Grounds, Co Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

Down 2-7 Armagh 2-5 Two goals from Mark Poland, his second coming in the second minute of injury-time, snatched the points for Down in the Athletic Gr(...)

Derry’s Eoin Bradley fights for possession with Down’s Kevin McKernan and Ryan Boyle. Photograph: Inpho

DERRY 0-13 DOWN 1-5: Teenager Ryan Bell kicked six points for Derry as they dominated Down in Saturday night’s qualifier at Celtic Park, avenging thei(...)

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(...)

Donegal’s Leo McLoone (left) and  Mark Poland of Down are ready to do battle again in Sunday’s Ulster senior football championship semi-final at Breffni Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Those of us fortunate to have attended last year’s Ulster football final were treated to one of the standout moments of the championship.Having held D(...)

Derry’s Chrissy McKaigue grapples with Down’s Brendan Coulter at Celtic Park. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Down 2-17 Derry 1-15: A thunderous second-half performance from Down saw them come out on top at the end of a cracking Ulster Championship tie wtih De(...)