Down sweating on health of key ahead as Conor Laverty hails Mournemen spirit

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By his personal admission it was “a smash-and-grab” and Down supervisor Conor Laverty is aware of their dramatic one-point win over Antrim on Saturday evening could possibly be important of their push for promotion from Division Three.

The Mournemen fought again from 5 factors adrift with 5 minutes remaining to grab a outstanding victory over Andy McEntee’s males in Páirc Esler.

Conor Poland plundered a last-gasp purpose for the Mournemen with Pat Havern and Andrew Gilmore kicking factors in stoppage time to disclaim the Saffrons.

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“Hear it was a smash and seize on the final, however you need to credit score the character of the gamers and the by no means say die perspective in taking part in proper to the ultimate whistle,” stated Laverty.

“We had been urgent and attempting to push up on them, then the momentum swung. That’s simply soccer summed up. As soon as that momentum swings it’s very arduous to alter, and when you get it you’re on the crest of a wave and also you simply need to try to benefit from what you’ll be able to in that second.

“Fortunately we confirmed nice willpower and nice coronary heart to recover from the road.”

Nevertheless, their outstanding victory was overshadowed considerably by the damage to star ahead Barry O’Hagan, who left the sphere on a stretcher simply earlier than half-time.

The Clonduff attacker could have a scan on his knee early this week to evaluate the seriousness of the damage, however the condensed nature of the inter-county calendar implies that any prolonged absence can be keenly felt by the Mournemen.

“His knee is in a brace – we’re nonetheless not 100 per cent positive of the extent of it,” added Laverty.

“Barry’s been a terrific participant for Down over this final variety of years, he’s been tremendous since this administration staff got here in, his perspective and utility.

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“Simply hopefully it’s not as severe as we hoped, we’ll put every thing in place to make sure he will get the very best remedy accessible.”

The Allianz Soccer Leagues take a break for one week earlier than spherical three with Down, Cavan and Offaly all taking most factors from their first two video games.

Laverty feels the break will profit his aspect forward of one other Ulster derby towards Fermanagh on Sunday, February 19 at Brewster Park.

“I’ve to offer our gamers credit score, that they had a troublesome few weeks there, on the highway to Tipp final week after which the turnaround to tonight, in order that they’ve earned a relaxation now,” added the Down boss.

“You may positively see we had been a wee bit flat at occasions so we’ve got to evaluate that and ensure the our bodies are proper, and get them again able to go for Fermanagh in two weeks time.

“In case you requested me what I needed a Down staff to have after we got here in, we had lots of completely different containers we needed to tick and having coronary heart and want would’ve been proper up close to the highest of the checklist.

“9 occasions out of 10 you don’t win that sport, however tonight (Saturday) these Down gamers confirmed that there’s one thing completely different about this group, and so they had been capable of recover from the road when the chance arose.”