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Dunne haul leaves Tipp deep in mire

Cavan 4-10 Tipperary 0-14

Published 12/03/2012 | 05:00

TIPPERARY are staring relegation in the face after slumping to a fourth successive league defeat at Semple Stadium yesterday.

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Visitors Cavan eased their own relegation fears and showed no signs of missing Seanie Johnston as classy forward Martin Dunne led the way in the scoring stakes with a 2-4 haul.

A miserable afternoon for Tipperary was compounded by straight red cards for Brian Jones and Barry Grogan.

Cavan had corner-forward Brendan Fitzpatrick dismissed for two yellow-card offences in the first half.

Goals from Dunne and Mark McKeever helped Cavan to lead by 2-6 to 0-6 at half-time against a Tipp side that finished with just six points from play. Dunne and corner-back Barry Watters added further goals for the visitors in the second half.

Tipp now find themselves in a must-win situation as they head to Sligo next weekend.

Man of the Match: M Dunne (Tipperary)

Scorers -- Cavan: M Dunne 2-4 (0-1f), M McKeever 1-1, B Watters 1-0, N McDermott 0-3 (1f), P O'Reilly, G McKiernan 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-9 (7f), P Acheson, S Ryan, D Heffernan, H Coghlan, B O'Brien (f) 0-1 each.

CAVAN -- K Fannin 7; D Barkey 6, D Reilly 6, R Flanagan 6; B Watters 7, P O'Reilly 7, R Maloney-Derham 6; D Givney 6, G McKiernan 8; N Smith 6, M McKeever 7, K Meehan 6; B Fitzpatrick 5, N McDermott 7, M Dunne 8. Subs: D O'Dowd 6 for O'Reilly (inj, 59), S McCormack for Meehan (64), D McKiernan for G McKiernan (70+2).

TIPPERARY -- M O'Donnell 6; E Connolly 6, L Egan 6, C McDonald 6; D Lynch 6, T Ryan 6, R Kiely 5; G Hannigan 5, B Jones 5; S Carey 5, P Austin 6, D Heffernan 7; P Acheson 6, S Ryan 6, B Grogan 6. Subs: H Coghlan 7 for Hannigan (h-t), D Butler 6 for S Ryan (43), B O'Brien 6 for Carey (52), E Ryan for Lynch (59).

REF -- M Meade (Limerick).

Irish Independent

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