Monday 17th June 2019
It was perhaps entirely appropriate that Down should have emerged victors when they met Cavan in the Leo Murphy Cup U20 league final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Saturday.
The trophy is named after the late iconic defender who played a big part in helping the Mourne county to dominate the All-Ireland series in the '60s when they claimed football's biggest prize in 1960, '61 and '68.
The Down U20 side showed that they meant business from the outset and by half-time they had built up a healthy 1-8 to 0-4 lead.
It was their ace marksman Liam Kerr who was chiefly responsible for their dominance by sweeping home a goal to which he added a fistful of points in a stunning show.
Philip Lynch and Cian Madden did their best to stoke Cavan's resistance but Down were always tantalisingly out of reach.
The Mourne side finished strongly to win by 1-14 to 0-11 with Cavan left floundering in their slipstream.
The trophy was presented to Down skipper Shane Annett by Leo Murphy's widow Sodilva.