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One major upset, and almost a bigger one in the Down quarter-finals. All-Ireland champions Kilcoo were taken to penalties by Clonduff, who even had a penalty to win it. But as usual, Kilcoo somehow prevailed in the end.
Kilcoo's main rivals, Burren were strong favourites to beat Warrenpoint (5-1 on with the bookies). That game also went to penalties, and again, Burren had a penalty to win, but failed to convert, and lost in the sudden death.
Both winning teams went first in the penalty shootout , which is a significant advantage; in soccer the team going first wins 3 out of 5 times.

befair (Down) - Posts: 224 - 27/09/2022 09:50:09    2441994

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What is the story about the Kilcoo boys. Was there any on the panel last night??

Ronanthehammer (Down) - Posts: 38 - 05/01/2023 12:28:24    2451230

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Replying To Ronanthehammer:  "What is the story about the Kilcoo boys. Was there any on the panel last night??"
Stupid question

germac (Down) - Posts: 446 - 05/01/2023 15:42:45    2451265

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A successful McKenna cup campaign I think we can agree on, playing three division one teams great experience for the boys. That Derry team today was nothing short of their best available bar the Glenn lads so fair play to the boys for playing and performing as they did. Conor Alberto clearly has had a massive influence on them lads cause if you'd have asked me at the start of this I thought we were in for a short campaign. Looking forward to the league here should be exiting. Would all but love other Kilcoo boys and not only them but all the best lads in the county to just by in. Look at Derry there a few years back they were probably in a worse place than this down team and look at them now. Football is about your clubs but county should bring a sense of pride as well to fellas especially when yous are flipping brilliant at it

There is no better man than Conor for the job so good luck mate. I got one will be following you all the way

Antrimroad (Down) - Posts: 111 - 15/01/2023 21:51:03    2452636

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Any word on the Johnson brothers???

Ronanthehammer (Down) - Posts: 38 - 16/01/2023 15:34:35    2452726

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Replying To Antrimroad:  "A successful McKenna cup campaign I think we can agree on, playing three division one teams great experience for the boys. That Derry team today was nothing short of their best available bar the Glenn lads so fair play to the boys for playing and performing as they did. Conor Alberto clearly has had a massive influence on them lads cause if you'd have asked me at the start of this I thought we were in for a short campaign. Looking forward to the league here should be exiting. Would all but love other Kilcoo boys and not only them but all the best lads in the county to just by in. Look at Derry there a few years back they were probably in a worse place than this down team and look at them now. Football is about your clubs but county should bring a sense of pride as well to fellas especially when yous are flipping brilliant at it

There is no better man than Conor for the job so good luck mate. I got one will be following you all the way"
I was very impressed with Down yesterday. They showed loads of desire and real determination with some serious quality to boot. I think however we were sloppy in defence which was uncharacteristic of us and Chris's McKaigue typified that with the sending off. We badly missed Conor Glass and Ethan Doherty. They make the team tick. Niall Loughlin was a big miss as well. All in all though it was an entertaining game and both sides had positives to take out of it. Down will certainly be amongst the favourites to go up if they can offer the same type of performances in Division 3.

Jazzyjeff (Derry) - Posts: 11 - 16/01/2023 20:26:59    2452778

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Is the Kilcoo lads back ?Shelan Johnstone?

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 893 - 18/01/2023 21:58:19    2453035

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Replying To TheRock2121:  "Is the Kilcoo lads back ?Shelan Johnstone?"
Yes there our a few lads on the panel, and have being playing in the Mckenna cup.

Yourjoking (USA) - Posts: 623 - 19/01/2023 12:00:11    2453067

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Have the Johnson brothers returned?????

Ronanthehammer (Down) - Posts: 38 - 19/01/2023 13:53:50    2453093

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Replying To Ronanthehammer:  "Have the Johnson brothers returned?????"
I hope so, the youngest one was captain of a very well drilled u20 team so we can only hope. Maybe some lads are with the university's as we well but unsure. Seen a burren lad was captain of ulster so hopefully there will be more additions to the county after that's all wrapped up

Antrimroad (Down) - Posts: 111 - 23/01/2023 20:06:57    2453805

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What's the mood like in Down at the minute? Will Laverty get everyone rowing behind him? There's no doubt that Down have been under-achieving these past few years. Always had a soft spot for Down. They traditionally play a very exciting brand of football. I hope ye get out of Div 3. I would say our championship match against Down this year will be a completely different proposition to last year's.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8282 - 24/01/2023 10:10:51    2453849

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "What's the mood like in Down at the minute? Will Laverty get everyone rowing behind him? There's no doubt that Down have been under-achieving these past few years. Always had a soft spot for Down. They traditionally play a very exciting brand of football. I hope ye get out of Div 3. I would say our championship match against Down this year will be a completely different proposition to last year's."
I think we have been underperforming since 2010 and to be honest we over performed that year. Nonetheless it was an AI that we should have won as Cork were no big shakes. I think the mood seems to be good but the game this weekend will be crucial to our season. We have always been a county that thrives on confidence, more so than any other county in Ulster, maybe Ireland. As for our championship game against Donegal that maybe a step too far this year but we certainly need to give a better account of ourselves, which I have no doubt we will. Laverty is a winner and he won' accept anything else. You can be guaranteed that we will be 100% prepared in every aspect for this game.

Ronanthehammer (Down) - Posts: 38 - 24/01/2023 12:28:05    2453920

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Great start to the league away to Tipp, lads put a massive effort in from the off and played some great football with Pat Havern using the Tipperary defence all sorts off problems.
Lads linked up well and tackling was strong which helped with turnover ball.
Once McParland got his second yellow we lost our way somewhat and tipp pushed on but we still kicked some great points and Gilmore very unlucky with a shot that rattled the crossbar.

All in all a great start for the lads and with still a number of boys to come back its a great sign, now we look forward to Antrim coming to Newry on sat night and hopefully get that second win under our belt.

Yourjoking (USA) - Posts: 623 - 30/01/2023 18:21:07    2455373

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