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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 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’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(...)

Down’s Aidan Carr competes with  Donegal’s Karl Lacey

The forgotten team in Ulster. Pretty settled side with quality sprinkled throughout it and the second longest-serving manager in the country at the he(...)

The GAA’s National Games Development Conference in 2007 featured a module on Performance Analysis. It was an early example of the developing importanc(...)

Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh and Down’s Conor Laverty during the National League campaign. The sides meet again in the opening Ulster championship match next weekend. Photograph: Inpho

Down All-Ireland winner Conor Deegan believes his county is up against it in next weekend’s opening Ulster championship match against Tyrone in Omagh.(...)

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 Mark Poland in action against Monaghan’s Kieran Hughes. “Conceding 1-15 is not going to do against Donegal.” Photograph: Inpho.

Donegal loom over all of Ulster football now, unmovable and unpromising as the cemetery that looked down upon Down and Derry in Celtic Park on Sunday.(...)

James McCartan: “We are just going to have to try and take the second half performance and superimpose it for a 70-minute game.” Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/INPHO/Presseye/

James McCartan was bashful enough to turn down the invitation to compare the game to the stone-cold classic of 1994 in this same ground but he concede(...)

Down’s Ryan Boyle is challenged by  Derry’s Patsy Bradley. Photograph Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Down 2-17 Derry 1-15: Some days you’ve just got to spin the tombola and see what comes out. We came to Derry with an open mind but no real confiden(...)

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