Down punished by Rebels in Ballintemple
Down faced a tough test today as they played their first away game in the National Football League against last season’s champions Cork. In the previous two meetings Down lost heavily to Cork and it was no different today as the Mournemen lost 4-11 to 0-10.
It was a very positive start for Down as points from Aidan Carr (2) and Liam Doyle seen them manage 0-03 points to Cork’s 0-00. However the tide soon turned when Cork responded with four points without reply. It was then the stuff of nightmares for the visitors as shocking defending allowed Cork’s Paddy Kelly in for two easy goals. Down worked their way back into the game and produced a good spell on the half hour, but before half time could come they were to be punished again as Cork’s Donncha O’Connor converted a penalty to give Down a mountain to climb in the second half. Half time score – Cork 3-05 Down 0-05.
Cork came out in the second half with the wind in their sails and straight away hit Down for two points from O’Connor and Carr. Down manager James McCartan responded by introducing Anton McArdle and Kevin McKernan, however the game was all over for the visitors and that was confirmed even more so when Paddy Kelly found the net again to complete his hatrick. Down managed several points towards the end but they were nothing but consolation.
It is a long trip back to Down for the loyal travelling support, who now have a three week break to rebuild and prepare for another tough test at home to Kerry on the 4th March. Final score at Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Cork 4-11 Down 0-10.
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