Saturday 22nd February 2020
When Down manager Paddy Tally sent Cory Quinn in as a second-half substitute in his team's most recent outing against Cork, the Mayobridge club starlet promptly responded by helping himself to a goal and two points.
Generous though his contribution was, Quinn could not prevent Down from sliding to a 0-16 to 1-8 defeat.
However, his impact was such that he now finds himself in line for a starting place in Saturday night's vital Division Three encounter at Pairc Esler, Newry against Longford, who are tucked in behind Cork in second place in the table with five points out of a possible six to date.
Down have garnered just three points to date via a win over Derry and a draw against Tipperary and manager Tally is aware that they cannot afford to drop any more points.
"It's very tight in Division Three with teams taking points off each other. We need to keep winning if we are to remain in the promotion race," said the Down boss.
The possible inclusion of Quinn in the attack alongside the emerging Owen McCabe and the talented Sean Dornan could bring added firepower to a unit that may not have conceded a goal to date but which could benefit from a greater points haul in their remaining league games.
McCabe has made quite an impact since being given his chance by Tally while Dornan brought off one of the most vital catches of the season to date in injury time against Derry when his side were clinging tenaciously to a narrow lead.
Tally's courage in bringing new faces into the attack looks certain to bear fruit going forward, providing of course that his defence continues to offer solid defiance against opposing attacks.
Longford manager Pauric Davis, who played for the county for 12 years, believes that Saturday's game will be a major test for his side.
"Down at home will be a tough proposition. They are still on the scent of promotion and will be very hungry for the points," said Davis.