CONNAIRE Harrison knows that there will be extra focus on him this term following last year’s exploits with Down.
He was in a hot streak of form then, but he knows that he must prove that he can continue in a similar vein over an extended period of time.
The first sign of that came last week in Drogheda as his late 1-2 burst quelled a Louth comeback and allowed Down to pick up their first opening-day points under Eamonn Burns.
Sunday is another chance for Harrison to show that he’s not some one-hit wonder.
“I knew that the eyes would be on me this season, especially if I failed,” he said.
“And don’t get me wrong, I was quiet enough against Louth, but you couldn’t get moving really on that heavy field.
“I knew that if I didn’t do something then the screw would start to turn on you a bit but thankfully I managed to get a few scores near the end.
“People will be wondering was it a one season job and it’s up to me now to back up what I did last year.
“I hit a goal and two points in the last four or five minutes and that will give me great confidence going into the Cork match.”
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