Tuesday 16 January 2018

Cavan look quarter-final bound after victory over Derry

Eugene Keating, Cavan, in action against Patsy Bradley
Eugene Keating, Cavan, in action against Patsy Bradley

Cavan look on course for an All-Ireland quarter-final appearance after the Breffni men produced a superb extra-time display to beat Derry by 1-22 to 0-20 at Celtic Park.

Derry looked certain to advance to play the losers of tomorrow's Connacht final between Mayo and London when Mark Lynch kicked them in front in second half injury-time but Cavan somehow conjured a Martin O'Reilly point to force extra-time.

Cavan took control in extra-time with workhorse Cian Mackey striking for the all-important goal.

Derry scored three straight points from the start with Mark Lynch, Enda Lynn and Eoin Bradley the scorers.

The Breffni men settled and David Givney fired over before frees for Martin Dunne and Eugene Keating levelled matters.

Derry and Eoin Bradley were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty on 16 minutes when the full-forward was hauled down in the area but Maurice Deegan waved play on.

Bradley and Martin Dunne swapped points before points from Martin Reilly and Jack Brady kicked Cavan into a two-point lead.

James Kielt responded for the Oak Leaf county before Martin Dunne and Mark Lynch exchanged frees.

A superb point from distance from Ronan Flanagan restored Cavan two-point advantage and points for either side from Martin Dunne and James Kielt before half-time saw Cavan lead 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

Martin Dunne opened the scoring in the second half before a quickfore double for Derry from Ryan Bell and Mark Lynch.

Dunne added a brace before frees from Ryan Bell and James Kielt reduced Cavan's advantage to 0-12 to 0-11.

Martin Reilly and Keating extended Cavan's lead to three but Ryan Bell scored a beauty from play before he was fouled for a free that Mark Lynch converted.

Another Lynch free saw the teams tied at 14 points apiece.

Cavan managed to forge a two-point lead with eight minutes remaining but Derry deserve huge credit for digging deep as Aaron Devlin scored a huge point before Mark lynch restored parity yet again.

Emmet Bradley and Martin Reilly swapped points just before the end of normal time and the game looked destined for extra-time.

Incredibly Mark Lynch kicked a massive free to put Derry in front in the third additional minute but amazingly Cavan managed to work the ball the length of the field and Damien O'Reilly somehow kicked a point in the dying seconds to force extra-time.

Cavan took control of the first period of extra-time and kicked the only three points of the 10 minute period.

Eoin Bradley finally got Derry off the mark in extra-time three minutes into the second period but they still trailed by two.

The game was in the melting pot and up for the taking and Cavan wingforward pounced for the all-important goal to seal Cavan's place in the next round of the qualifiers.

Both sides swapped late points but it was to no avail for Derry who crash out of the championship as Cavan advance to meet either London or Mayo.

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