Down will embrace Clones challenge - Burns

Down manager Eamon Burns says his side will go into Sunday's Ulster SFC game against holders Monaghan in a positive frame of mind despite their league relegation.

The defending Ulster champions will go into Sunday's game as strong favourites against a Down team which suffered relegation from Division One of the Football League in the Spring after losing all seven of their games.

However, Down's most competitive performance during their league campaign was a two-point defeat by Monaghan in round two and that may give the Mourne County a belief that they are capable of surprising the Farney men.

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