Friday 30 September 2016

Prodigal Son Seanie Johnston quick to win back Breffni hearts

Published 21/03/2016 | 02:30

Seanie Johnston's scoring exploits have been pivotal to Cavan's impressive form in this year's league campaign Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE
Seanie Johnston's scoring exploits have been pivotal to Cavan's impressive form in this year's league campaign Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / SPORTSFILE

They are getting excited about their football in Cavan right now and it is a long time since I heard that.

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With two home games to complete their National League programme they will, if they win both, get promotion to Division 1 for the first time in about 20 years - so long that many of the younger generation have never watched Cavan playing in that Division.

After winning four Ulster U-21 titles in a row Cavan have obviously produced many talented young players but not after some hiccups in recent times, and they seem to have sorted out the best 30-odd players from those winning teams.

They gave Meath, Armagh and Fermanagh serious beatings in their last three games, and of course the biggest talking point has been the return of the Prodigal Son, Seanie Johnston.

I heard that parable read out in a Mass a couple of weeks ago which was very apt.

Seanie's transfer to Kildare in 2012 was one of the biggest GAA news events of that year amid storms of controversy, especially in Cavan.

But as we know time is the ultimate healer and so it has proved among Breffni supporters who now have no problem acknowledging gracefully the man's huge scoring performances in recent games that have played major roles in Cavan's advancement.

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