Saturday 25 March 2017

Johnston cools great expectations

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CAVAN attacker Seanie Johnston has warned the county's supporters against building up expectation after their side's impressive dismantling of Roscommon in last Sunday's NFL Division 3 clash.

The Cavan Gaels clubman expects to miss the entire league campaign after dislocating and fracturing an elbow while in Sigerson Cup action for DCU but believes the performance against Roscommon vindicates the decision to retain Tommy Carr as manager for 2010.

"I don't think Cavan have scored 2-20 since I have been there. Cavan need to produce a number of back-to-back performances before anyone can start building them up a bit," he said.

"It was crazy that people were calling for him (Carr) to resign or if he was asked to resign and stuff like that. It was crazy whether it was county board or club officials trying to get rid of him. The players showed a bit of unity and came together and I think that might have just kept him in the job.

"Cavan are not Kerry. Cavan have not won an All-Ireland since 1952. Cavan have not won an Ulster championship since 1997, and haven't looked like winning one in any of the years since. They all need to realise that they can't live in the past and that we are a long way down the pecking order."

Johnston also hailed the recruitment of former Dublin U-21 player Gareth 'Nesty' Smith to the Breffni cause.

"I have not seen another player strike the ball as well as he does. He can put the ball on a plate for you. He has a left foot like Ciaran McDonald had a few years ago and he can pick you out from anywhere.

"He is a very welcome addition to our squad and it is hard to see how he didn't get a chance with Dublin over the last few years."

Irish Independent

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