"25 years without an Ulster title is a very cold, stark statistic"

April 18, 2019

Down's Mark Poland against Kerry.
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Former Down star Mark Poland feels the Mourne County can get a run in this summer’s championship if they can overcome arch rivals Armagh in their Ulster SFC opener.

This year marks a quarter century since Down’s last provincial championship success and Poland says he would love to see the drought ended come June 23rd.

"Obviously for a county of Down's pedigree, 25 years without an Ulster title is a very cold, stark statistic and I would love to see this emptiness ended," he is quoted saying by the Belfast Telegraph.

"I would not be prepared to read too much into the league performances of both teams ahead of this match at Newry.

"Come championship time, things can be a lot different and I think the game will take on a life of its own. Obviously there is an intense rivalry there and while I expect it to be very close, I remain hopeful that Down will come out on the right side.

"If they manage to get the better of Armagh, I think that there is the chance they might get on a bit of a run and you never know where that might take them."

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