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County News:

The Down U-16 team travelled to Truagh to compete
for the shield at the Trudi Kearns competition on
Saturday August 14th. Armagh, Antrim and Fermanagh
were the other teams involved. This competiton was
played on a round robin league basis with the top
two teams at the end playing off for the shield.

Down were first up with an interesting tussle against
Fermanagh, they led all the way, only for the Erne
County to grab a late equaliser to leave the fulltime
score Down 0-08 Fermanagh 0-08. A few positional
switches by the management saw a stronger and more
confident Down side take the field against Antrim
and they ran out easy winners on a score-line of
4-08 to 0-03.

Armagh were next up and Down again played very controlled
football to take the Orchard County on a scoreline
of 3-07 to 0-02. This result saw Down go top and
retain their unbeaten status. Down were in the final
but their opponents were unknown as Fermanagh and
Antrim required a play-off to see who would go through.
As it was Antrim progressed and though Down had
beaten them easily in their earlier encounter, this
was a final and the game was a lot closer.

Down held firm and ran out 4 point winners much
to the delight of the players and management. This
was an excellent team performance and Down fully
deserved the spoils. Though it is hard to single
out any player in particular for special mention,
the success was built around very accomplished players
such as forwards Kyla Trainor, Natasha Ferris, Sonya
McGaw, Midfielders, Michele Cousins and Mairead
Hardy, defenders, Lisa Ireland, Elaine Rooney, Aine
Crozer and Ciara O’Higgins.

Club News: The Junior County Final between
Aughlisnafin and Tullylish is on Sunday 29th August,
details to follow next week. The Intermediate/Senior
Finals are scheduled for Saturday 4th September
Due to the County U-16’s involvement in the Trudi
Kearns competition on Saturday, it was a quiet weekend
on the club scene.

A few midweek games played saw Ballymartin account
for Bright 2-11 to 1-04 and County Junior finalist’s
Aughlisnafin draw with Intermediate finalists Clonduff
3-05 to 2-08 in the intermediate league Fixtures

Wednesday 18th August @ 7pm NB: As with all
fixtures, please check with your club before travelling.
Junior: Shamrocks v Tecconaught; Ardglass v Carryduff

Intermediate: Ballymartin v Burren; Clonduff v Loughinisland;
Bright v Aughlisnafin

Senior: Bredagh v Bosco; Annaclone v Bryansford;
Castlewellan v Downpatrick


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