CAVAN manager Tom Carr has blasted the timing of the Sigerson Cup amid fears that he may have lost star forward Seánie Johnston for the entire National League.
Johnston suffered a suspected broken elbow while helping DCU to victory over UCD on Wednesday.
In the same game, Cavan skipper Ronan Flanagan picked up a "severe dead leg" that looks set to rule him out of Sunday's NFL Division Three opener away to Carr's former Roscommon charges.
"It just confirms my thoughts on the timing of the Sigerson.
"I'm a former Sigerson player myself, but to play it at this time of the year is ridiculous," the Breffni Blues boss fumed.
"We have been denied the players up until now, and then they play the Sigerson just a few days before the start of the league."
JOE CANNING shot the lights out in typically prolific fashion as Limerick IT blitzed UCC by 3-14 to 1-6 in yesterday's Fitzgibbon Cup Group A clash at the Mardyke.
The Galway scoresmith tallied 3-8 (3-3 from play) in dreadful conditions, completing his hat-trick inside 26 minutes to put the game beyond any doubt.
Elsewhere, UCD struck six unanswered points in the concluding 20 minutes to overhaul Cork IT by 0-10 to 0-8 with Dublin senior David O'Callaghan shooting four points but it wasn't such a productive day for DIT, who suffered a 0-12 to 1-8 defeat to NUIG following a last-minute free from Finian Coone. Last year's beaten finalists, University of Limerick, overcame St Pat's of Drumcondra. Goals from Thomas Connors, Shane Dooley and Math Ruth securing a 3-9 to 0-10 win. It was all one way traffic in Ballygunner, where Waterford IT hammered GMIT by 2-16 to 1-5.