Sunday 18 November 2018

Andrews vows to fight on with bruised Cavan

Longford 2-16, Cavan 0-11

Glenn Ryan was full of praise for his Longford team after Paul Barden and Brian Kavanagh plundered a goal apiece to help the visitors to victory at Kingspan Breffni Park.

"Our goals came at the right time and gave us a great boost. The lads have shown great application and they'll continue to improve after getting this win under their belts," said manager Ryan.

Meanwhile, Cavan joint-manager Val Andrews batted aside any suggestion that his second coming as Cavan boss had a funereal feel about it.

"I can't preach resilience and persistence to the players and walk away myself, can I? The reality is that this was an unacceptable performance and an 11-point defeat lets you know where you stand," said Andrews.

For the second successive championship game, Cavan failed to finish with a full team as midfielder David Givney and substitute Gareth Smith were sent off late on.

Cavan never warmed to the task despite edging their way into a 0-7 to 0-6 interval lead with Eugene Keating on good form.

After 20 minutes, Longford put together a four-man move which ended with star man Sean McCormack steering his side into a slightly flattering 0-5 to 0-2 lead.

Cavan had easily their best spell in the second quarter and four points without reply -- including a gem from defender Mark McKeever -- put them in the box seat.

The second half was a write-off for Cavan as they failed miserably to consolidate their one-point interval lead.

Cavan's lethargy cost them dearly when McCormack put through Barden for a clinically executed goal to leave Longford ahead by 1-10 to 0-8 after 49 minutes.

But Cavan captain Sean Johnston fired over a fine point on the turn in the 60th minute to keep Cavan in the hunt at 1-12 to 0-10.

The hosts never looked like winning their game of catch-up, though, with Longford's superior running power and physical strength at close quarters defining traits.

The final quarter was enveloped in an air of inevitability as Longford eyed the chequered flag with venomous intent, leaving their opponents trailing in their wake.

And Cavan's frustrations were vented late on with the dismissals of Smith (66) and Givney (69), each for second yellow card offences, completing their woes.

Scorers -- Longford: S McCormack 0-9 (7f), P Barden 1-3, B Kavanagh 1-2, B McElvaney, C Smith 0-1 each. Cavan: E Keating 0-4 (1f), S Johnston 0-3 (2f), J McEnroe, M McKeever, Michael Brennan (45), N McDermott (1f) 0-1 each.

Longford -- D Sheridan 6; D Brady 8, B Gilleran 5, D Reilly 6; S Mulligan 6, K Diffley 7, N Farrell 7; B McElvaney 7, M Brady 6; D Barden 6, D Masterson 7, P Barden 8; D McElligott 5, B Kavanagh 7, S McCormack 9. Subs: F McGee 5 for D McElligott (47), P Foy 5 for S Mulligan (55), N Mulligan 6 for D Masterson (58), C Smith 6 for N Farrell (61), J Keegan 5 for D Barden (69).

Cavan -- J Reilly 7; F Flanagan 5, T Corr 6, M Cahill 5; M Brady 5, J McEnroe 6, M McKeever 7; D Givney 5, G McKiernan 6; M Lyng 5, J McCutcheon 5, N Murray 5; N McDermott 6, E Keating 7, S Johnston 5. Subs: G Smith 5 for N Murray (18), R Flanagan 6 for F Flanagan (42), M Brennan 6 for J McCutcheon (42), C Mackey 5 for M Lyng (52).

Ref -- M Duffy (Sligo).

Irish Independent

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