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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Cavan take the spoils from derby battle zone

Published 10/02/2013 | 04:00

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Five players were red-carded as a fired-up Cavan served notice that they will not be dropping to the basement of the NFL without a fight as the Breffni men picked themselves up from the foot of Division 3 with a gritty and determined derby win at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

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Five players were red-carded as a fired-up Cavan served notice that they will not be dropping to the basement of the NFL without a fight as the Breffni men picked themselves up from the foot of Division 3 with a gritty and determined derby win at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

In a fractious derby duel in which the ball was sadly irrelevant far too often for the purists' liking or, more importantly, referee Barry Cassidy's palate, Monaghan had three players sent off – Cavan had two – and can have no complaints after a woeful display.

Wind-aided Cavan had the better of the early exchanges and were ahead by 0-3 to 0-1 in an opening 25 minutes marked more by the action off the ball than that on it.

Monaghan talisman Conor McManus was dismissed after his marker, Killian Brady, was left needing treatment.

Just seven minutes later, the numbers were evened up when Cavan's leading scorer Martin Dunne was given his marching orders after Colin Walshe was left prostrate on the stand side of the ground.

Crucially, while Dunne's colleagues chipped in generously to minimise the loss of their star attacker, Monaghan were sadly found wanting in compensating for the absence of their go-to guy.

Cavan's bid to win the war looked increasingly promising when a point apiece by Alan Clarke and Mark McKeever left six points, 0-7 to 0-1, separating the sides at the interval.

The fireworks continued on the restart, with Cavan's John McCutcheon seeing red after a challenge on Darren Hughes just 90 seconds in. Monaghan fans had the rafters shaking again with the introduction of sub Tommy Freeman and when Dick Clerkin pointed on 43 minutes the visitors were on a roll.

Monaghan were a pale shadow of the side that beat Meath last time and when Martin Reilly's spot-kick on 58 minutes left his side 1-8 to 0-3 ahead, the Farney county's goose was cooked.

The visitors' travails were completed with the dismissals of Gavin Doogan on 63 minutes and Dessie Mone seconds later for second yellow-card offences.

Scorers – Cavan: M Reilly 1-0 (pen), G McKiernan 0-3 (3f), M Dunne 0-2 (1f), C Mackey, A Clarke, D Givney, M McKeever, J Brady (f) 0-1 each. Monaghan: T Freeman 0-2 (1f), C McManus (f), D Clerkin, P Dooney (f) 0-1 each.

Cavan: A O'Mara; K Brady, R Dunne, O Minagh; D O'Reilly, A Clarke, J McCutcheon; G McKiernan, T Corr; C Mackey, N McDermott, M McKeever; M Dunne, D Givney, J Brady. Subs: F Flanagan for K Brady (34); K Clarke for R Dunne (h-t); M Reilly for N McDermott (52); N Murray for J Brady (65); J Hayes for F Flanagan (69).

Monaghan: M Keogh; K Duffy, F Kelly, C Walshe; D Mone, D Hughes, N McAdam; O Lennon, D Clerkin; G Doogan, P Donaghy, O Duffy; J McCarron, K Hughes, C McManus. Subs: M McElroy for N McAdam (23), T Freeman for P Donaghy (39), C McGuinness for J McCarron (39), P Dooney for O Duffy (55).

Referee: B Cassidy (Derry).

Irish Independent

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