McKiernan leveller gives Cavan a draw
Monaghan 0-7 Cavan 0-7
The Ulster rivals shared the spoils after a scrappy, low-key encounter in Castleblayney yesterday.
Gearoid McKiernan's point with 11 minutes of normal time still remaining proved to be the final score of the game and the one that earned his side a draw.
Cavan, though, will have left with the lingering thought that they could and probably should have won. Had they capitalised on their dominance in the first half, they could well have laid the foundations for a victory.
As it was, the sides finished level at the end of that half too, but it took Monaghan 23 minutes to register their first point, by which stage, Cavan were two points ahead thanks to a point from a free by Seanie Johnston in the 11th minute and a nice score from Niall Clerkin six minutes later, but they should have had at least added a few more.
Conor McManus opened for Monaghan with a free and then went on to add two more in quick succession, one from a free, to put Monaghan in front for the first time.
By the halfway stage, though, Cavan had fought back to parity with a point by Ciaran Brady.
On the resumption, Monaghan hit two quick-fire points from McManus, one free, and an excellent effort from Kieran Hughes, as the standard of play improved. But wasted chances, turnovers and missed chances continued to be the order of the day.
Fintan Kelly put Monaghan two points up 14 minutes into the second half, with what turned out to be their final score, a fact that was down as much to a wasteful approach by their forwards, as to good defensive work by Cavan. Cavan ultimately snatched a deserved draw with points from sub Madden and McKiernan.
Scorers - Monaghan: C McManus 0-4 (3f), F Kelly, K Hughes and C McCarthy 0-1 each. Cavan: S Johnston 0-3 (3f), C Brady, C Madden, N Clerkin and G McKiernan 0-1 each.
Monaghan - R Beggan 7, F Kelly 7, D Wylie 6, R Wylie 7, C Walshe 6, N McAdam 6, K Duffy 6, D Hughes 7, K Hughes 8, K O'Connell 6 , S Carey 6, G Doogan 6, C McCarthy 7, T Kerr 6, C McManus 7. Subs: D Malone 6 for T Kerr (h-t), R McAnespie 7 for K O'Connell (h-t), O Duffy 7 for G Doogan (63), B McGinn 6 for C McCarthy (63), J McCarron 6 for S Carey (70 BC).
Cavan - J Farrelly 7, F Reilly 6, P Faulkner 7, K Brady 7, M Reilly 7, C Moynagh 7, T Corr 6, K Clarke 8, N McKiernan 7, C Brady 7, D McVeety 6, G Smith 6, N Clerkin7, G McKiernan 7, S Johnston 7. Subs: C Madden 7 for N McKiernan (20), N McDermott 6 for C Moynagh (20), S Murray 6 for G Smith (35), P O'Connor 6 for C Brady (51), R Dunne 6 for T Corr (73). Ref - D Coldrick (Meath)