Carr driven to end Cork bogey

28 February 2013

Fermanagh's Brian Og Maguire tracks Down's Aidan Carr during the Ulster SFC tie at Brewster Park ©INPHO/Presseye/William Cherry
Aidan Carr is hoping Down can finally bury their Cork hoodoo in Newry on Sunday.

Since James McCartan became Mourne County boss in 2009, the sides have met five times with Cork winning each time. Down ran Cork to a point in the 2010 All-Ireland final, but the other clashes were one-sided with the Rebels enjoying an average winning margin of nine points.

"We have a few of those (bogey teams)," Carr told Gaelic Life.

"I don't think those Cork results have had much of an impact (psychologically). Certainly, the way last year finished when we lost comprehensively to Donegal in the Ulster final and in the All-Ireland quarter-final (against Mayo), those results have lingered more than anything Cork have done to us.

"You're looking for an easy game in Division 1, but you just won't find it. We haven't played them in Newry yet, so maybe that will help."

The versatile star continued: "It's a very important game for both teams. Both are sitting on nought but with the recent history they are probably coming thinking that there's a great chance for them to get on the board. It's up to us to ensure that doesn't happen and we'll try our best to pick up the win."

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