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Forward blow for Down as Barry O'Hagan opts off Mourne County panel

Clonduff forward Barry O'Hagan has opted off the Down panel, citing plans to travel. Picture by Colm O'Reilly
Neil Loughran

DOWN’S forward options have suffered a blow following the loss of Barry O’Hagan from the Mourne County panel.

The Clonduff forward was named in the starting 15 for last weekend’s Ulster derby clash with Cavan at Kingspan Breffni, only for Connaire Harrison to take the field instead.

Harrison was returning from a two-game suspension after being shown a red card in last month’s Division Two defeat to Cork at Pairc Esler, and O’Hagan started the games against Roscommon and Clare in his absence.

However, he has now opted off the panel, citing plans to travel.

O’Hagan’s brother Darren was also named in the programme for the Cavan game and didn’t start.

However, the 2017 captain’s absence was as a result of a groin injury sustained in the defeat to Clare the previous week, and he is expected to return against Tipperary on Sunday.

Barry O’Hagan is the second player to leave the Down panel in the space of a month, following the earlier departure of Gerard McGovern.

The Burren full-back started the opening day win over Louth but missed the games against Cork and Roscommon before it was confirmed that he was no longer involved with the Mournemen.

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