Friday 17 November 2017

Armagh gain vengeance on toothless Cavan

Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade
Players from both sides involved in a disagreement before the pre-match parade

Armagh gained revenge for last year's Ulster Championship defeat at the hands of Cavan by defeating the Breffni men by 1-13 to 0-9 at the Gaelic Grounds.

Eight unanswered points for the Orchard County spanning almost 40 minutes and a Caolan Rafferty goal were the difference between the sides.

There were a number of flashpoints during this ill-tempered encounter.

Cavan assumed an early lead with two Eugene Keating frees but Armagh got into gear soon afterwards and kicked the next four points with Jamie Clarke among those on target.

Cavan failed to register a score from play in the first half and it was clear that they were missing the injured pair of Martin Dunne and Cian Mackey.

Armagh hit 10 first half wides with the wind at their backs and should have been further ahead.

Aaron Kernan helped stretch the Orchard men's lead before Cavan scored their first point in almost 40 minutes and their first from play in the 47th minute but they trailed by 0-8 to 0-3 through David Givney.

Ethan Rafferty and Givney exchanged points as the game began to open up a little.

Cavan managed to close within three minutes when Caolan Rafferty pounced for a goal and Paul Grimley's side were in control.

The Breffni men tried desperately to close the gap but couldn't do so and Armagh ran out six-point winners.

Armagh will now meet the winners of Monagan and Tyrone in an Ulster semi-final while Cavan go into tomorrow's Qualifier draw.

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