Few changes for Sligo and Down

Few changes for Sligo and Down

Sligo and Down have confirmed their starting line-ups for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier clash at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 7pm).

Sligo manager Kevin Walsh has made one change to the team that lost the Connacht final to Roscommon. A knee injury has ruled Tony Taylor out, so Eugene Mullen has been drafted into midfield alongside Stephen Gilmartin.

Mullen replaced Taylor during the first half of last Sunday's provincial decider in Castlebar, and also played in the two games against Galway, starting the semi-final replay win at Markievicz Park.

Kenneth Sweeney, Sean Davey, Neil Ewing and Stephen Coen, who all featured as substitutes against Roscommon, have to settle for bench roles once again.

Davey (1-1) and Mark Breheny (0-3) finished as top scorers when Sligo beat Down in a first round qualifier back in 2006 - 1-7 to 0-4 at Markievicz Park.

Down boss James McCartan, meanwhile, has brought Daniel McCartan and Daniel Hughes into his side for this weekend's trip to Cavan.

Darren O'Hagan loses out in a reshuffled defence which sees McCartan named at right corner back and Declan Rooney repositioned to right half-back.

Despite scoring a crucial 38th minute goal in the tight win over Offaly last Saturday, Aidan Carr drops to the bench to allow for Hughes' return at right half-forward.

Hughes, who had been nursing a stress fracture in his left foot, was an influential substitute in the second half of the 1-12 to 1-10 victory over the Faithfuls.

The six-day turnaround will put Sligo under pressure, but their captain Charlie Harrison reckons they have what it takes to bounce back and reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007.

"Down are a good side with the likes of Marty Clarke there and Benny Coulter. They are very strong guys and we are going to be up against it on Saturday," he said.

"They are after getting a bit of confidence going in the side and they can see they are only one win from getting into a quarter-final.

"There are only 12 teams left. Every team wants to get to Croke Park. So, it is all to play for.

"It is a massive challenge. But the goal at the start of the year was to get to an All-Ireland quarter-final. We are still in with a shout and we'll keep going."

SLIGO (SFC v Down): P Greene; C Harrison (capt), N McGuire, R Donovan; K Cawley, B Phillips, J Davey; E Mullen, S Gilmartin; A Costello, M Breheny, E O’Hara; C McGee, A Marren, D Kelly.

DOWN: B McVeigh, D McCartan, D Gordon, D Rafferty; D Rooney, J Colgan, C Garvey; A Rogers (capt), K King; D Hughes, M Poland, P McComiskey; B Coulter, J Clarke, M Clarke.

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