Thursday 27 July 2017

McKiernan happy Breffni heads still above water

Gearoid McKiernan in action for Cavan. Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Gearoid McKiernan in action for Cavan. Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Cavan star Gearoid McKiernan admits his side are happy to be still in with a chance of retaining their top-flight status going into the final round of games.

Things looked bleak for the Breffni men after they lost in Tyrone. They led at half-time in Healy Park but a second-half collapse that saw them score just a single point meant they had taken just one point from four games in Division 1.

And with a trip to Mayo and the visit of Kerry next on the fixture list, Cavan looked doomed. However, they took three points from those fixtures and they now head to Roscommon on Sunday needing a win there and a Donegal victory in Mayo to stay up.

And McKiernan is delighted with how the squad have reacted in the last few weeks.

"We went down to MacHale park wanting two points," he said. "We were fighting for our lives, it was last chance saloon so we went for it and thankfully we got the two points, and we got a point against Kerry, so we're looking forward to the weekend now."

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Cavan dug out a draw against the Kingdom despite being two points down on 68 minutes, with Seanie Johnston's free securing a share of the spoils.

"It was a great point - (Conor) Moynagh kicked a crucial one before that to bring it back to a point, and we showed composure. We took a leaf from the game last week (against Mayo) to play until the final whistle and keep chipping away at the scoreboard and thankfully we got a point."

And McKiernan admits it didn't look like they'd be in with a chance of survival on the final day after the loss in Omagh.

"After that Tyrone game to be going into the last game with a chance of staying up is massive for us," he said.

"We need a few results to go our way as well but at least we knew that we can go to Hyde Park and get two points we could stay up. It's all you could ask for especially after the Omagh game."

Irish Independent

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