Tuesday 23 January 2018

Down out to regain winning habit - McCorry

Down manager Jim McCorry
Down manager Jim McCorry

Down manager Jim McCorry is aware that a potential rot could set in should his side lose tomorrow's crunch qualifier against Wexford.

Having lost to Roscommon in the Division 2 final and then bowed the knee to Derry in the Ulster Championship, McCorry is facing into a challenging situation as he strives to get his side back on track.

If they are still playing Championship football in August it will be a decided bonus but McCorry, pragmatist that he is, is focusing no further than tomorrow's tricky mission to take on David Power's side in Innovate Wexford Park.

"I know Wexford lost to Westmeath in the Leinster Championship but the fact of the matter is that they still have a good balance throughout their side and some marquee forwards," he warned.

"They also have a tight defence. We are not underestimating this trip in the slightest.

"Wexford are in their own back yard and they will be well motivated."

Fantasy GAA

With just days to go until the first transfer week, when managers can make up to 10 substitutions, all provincial semi-finals will score this weekend.

Transfers can be made from Sunday evening through www.fantasygaelic.ie and once the deadline passes, there will be no further transfers until after the provincial finals.

The next transfer window will be before the All-Ireland quarter-finals, making this week's selections all the more crucial.

Dublin feature heavily in this week's top picks with Bernard Brogan, Dean Rock and Jack McCaffrey all tipped to score well. The in-form Michael Murphy will be expected to continue his purple patch against Derry.

Westmeath midfielder John Heslin is the fantasy game's top scorer and he will be hoping to add to his 91 points against Meath on Sunday.

Orla O'Keefe continues to set the pace at the top of the Irish Independent league and she currently holds an eight-point lead over Steve Bray.

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