Thursday 29 September 2016

Givney: We don't fear anyone, this is our time to deliver

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

David Givney has stressed that Cavan played well below par despite the result and feels the time to deliver is upon them. Photo: Sportsfile
David Givney has stressed that Cavan played well below par despite the result and feels the time to deliver is upon them. Photo: Sportsfile

Cavan football needs greater urgency and must stop buying time in its collective effort to get to the top in Ulster again, says their two-goal hero David Givney.

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Givney was adamant after Sunday's drawn semi-final with Tyrone that there is much improvement in them, despite the lifeline of three goals that their opponents would normally defend.

The Mountnugent man scored goals in the opening and closing minutes as a Mickey Harte Championship team were hit for three goals for only the third ever match in 14 years.But Givney has stressed that Cavan played well below par despite the result and feels the time to deliver is upon them.

"We don't fear anybody," he said. "We've got to that stage where we're all 25, 26 years of age, we're at our peak - it's time to deliver now.

"We can't be just saying 'we might be able to bring it next year', or that it's a couple of years before we challenge for an Ulster title. We want to do it now."

Cavan have not won an Ulster title since 1997 and have not been in a final since 2001, when Tyrone beat them, but the gap from their six-point Division 2 final defeat appears to have closed.

Givney's ability to win his own ball gave Tyrone some anxious moments but he lacked support at times and that's something that the Breffni men will seek to address ahead of the replay on Sunday week. But they have room to improve.

"We definitely didn't play to what we can do, but we have two weeks now to go back and rectify that," reflected Givney. "I'm sure that Tyrone are very disappointed to not get the win, they had a few chances at the end.

"It's great to get the draw in the end because we didn't play up to what we can do.

"We played within ourselves there and we're actually very disappointed with the performance we put in. I still think there's a lot more to come from this team."

Tyrone may be able to call on Justin McMahon, who took part in the warm-up but wasn't involved, as he recovers from injury. The temptation to play him to curb Givney's influence may be strong if he has recovered.

Tyrone and Cavan also drew in an Ulster semi-final in 2005 with Tyrone winning the replay before going on to win an All-Ireland title.

Tyrone forward Ronan O'Neill has described Sunday's result as a "kick in the backside" and says the Red Hands' status has been embellished by the media.

"Within the squad, we are not the ones saying we can put it up to Dublin and Kerry. It's people in the media. We can't control what people say," he said.

Irish Independent

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