Misfiring Leitrim off target to hand Nelligan a winning start
New Cavan manager Brendan Nelligan enjoyed a winning debut at Breffni Park, helped by profligate Leitrim recording 15 wides.
With former London star Kevin Downes to the fore , Cavan opened up a 0-3 to 0-2 lead in the opening quarter.
Clement Cunniffe gave Leitrim a foothold but their limitations up front soon became all too obvious.
Cavan's frontmen laboured initially before enjoying a 13-minute purple patch in which they notched 1-5 without reply.
However, four minutes after Mark McEntee's 28th-minute goal for Cavan, Dave McGovern raised a green flag to give Leitrim hope.
But Cavan regained control and with Bernard Gaffney shining, hit five points without reply. Leitrim refused to cave in and got a late consolation through Shane Kiernan's goal.
Scorers -- Cavan: B Gaffney 0-9 (0-3f, 0-3 '65s), K Downes 0-6, M Entee 1-1, G Brennan 0-1. Leitrim: C Cunniffe 1-3 (0-1f, 0-1 65), S Kiernan, D McGovern 1-0, D O'Brien 0-1.
Cavan -- M Curry; D Neary, M Carr, A Sheridan; B Devine, C Nelligan, A Nelligan; P Sheridan, G Brennan; C Brennan, B Gaffney, R O'Hanlon; K Downes, M McEntee, M O'Connell. Subs: J Rosney for R O'Hanlon (20), S Og Brady for M O'Connell (66).
Leitrim -- P McKiernan; K McGrath, N Guckian, S Guckian; K Boyle, V McDermott, M Poniard; K Connolly, C Cunniffe; D McGovern, I Bermingham, F Carroll; M Hayes, D O'Brien, M Burns. Subs: C Burns for M Hayes (30), L Burns for I Berminghan (38), P McWeeney for F Carroll (47), S Kiernan for M Burns (55), D Tiernan for K McGrath (65).
REF -- C Groome (Offaly).