Jim McGuinness could only hold his hands up after seeing his Ulster champions dethroned comprehensively by Monaghan.
2012 All-Star Mark McHugh will line out for Donegal in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final showdown with Down at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 2pm).
There will be players tasting Allianz League action for the first time on both sides when Down host Ulster rivals Tyrone in Newry tomorrow night (throw-in 7pm).
The run of double-digit defeats came to an end but there was still that familiar chasm on the scoreboard between Cork and Down at the final whistle in Croke Park yesterday.
As GAA trends go it’s been a curious one. When the dejection at losing the 2010 All-Ireland final had dissipated, Down could at least reflect that they were not far from the top with one point separating themselves and Cork at the final whistle.
The margin separating the teams when they clashed in the 2010 All-Ireland final was wafer-thin but since then the chasm between the footballers of Cork and Down has increased substantially.
James McCartan insists survival in Division One remains Down’s priority despite a one-point win over Ulster champions Donegal in Newry on Saturday night.
DONEGAL debutant Dermot Molloy’s first taste of championship football whetted the appetite before his summer was cut short.
DOWN 2-15 OFFALY 1-7
WATERFORD coach Davy Fitzgerald has made two changes from the side that defeated Offaly last Saturday for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Wexford in Semple Stadium.
With many of Down football's leading lights set to line out for the Powerade Down All-Star team tomorrow, new county boss Ross Carr will get a chance to run the rule over his extended panel.
Ireland manager Sean Boylan has announced his 25-man squad for Saturday's International Rules first Test against Australia.
Ireland manager Sean Boylan has announced an extended panel for a training weekend in the French city of Toulouse, ahead of the 2006 Coca-Cola International Rules series against Australia.
Sean Boylan, Ireland's manager for the 2006 International Rules series, has confirmed his provisional training panel for the autumn encounters with Australia.
Padraig Joyce will captain a provisional panel of 43 players confirmed by Ireland manager Pete McGrath for October's Coca-Cola International Rules Series in Australia.
Manager Pete McGrath has announced his 26-man squad for the forthcoming Coca Cola International Rules series against Australia in Croke Park.
Manager Pete McGrath has announced his provisional panel of players ahead of next month's Coca Cola International Rules Series against Australia.
Offaly 1-10 Down 1-8
TYRONE footballer Stephen O’Neill and Kerry’s Eamon Fitzmaurice will each miss Sunday week’s Allianz National Football League semi-finals.
Ulster 2-13 Leinster 0-16 aet
John O'Keefe has announced his panel for the forthcoming International Rules Test Series against Australia on October 24 and 31.
INTERNATIONAL Rules manager John O’Keeffe has confirmed the names of 11 players who will definitely be part of the panel for next month's two-Test series in Australia.
Tyrone 0-23 Down 1-5
GAA plans for a new €28m hotel near Croke Park have attracted a large number of objections from local residents.
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