Cavan ease through
Cavan advanced to the semi-finals with a facile win over visitors Down last night.
With David Givney and Gearoid McKiernan dominant in midfield, Cavan's pacy forwards were gifted with an abundance of possession.
Cavan were in turbo-charged mode early on and goals by Declan McKiernan in the third minute and Conor McClarey in the 25th had their opponents circling the wagons.
After leading 2-7 to 0-2 at the break, Cavan rubbed further salt into their rivals' wounds in the third quarter with a Niall McDermott point steering Cavan into a 2-13 to 0-4 lead.
The rest of the game saw Cavan ease home as Michael O'Reilly blasted the ball to the net on the hour mark.
Scorers -- Cavan: D McKiernan 1-3 (0-1f), C McClarey 1-1, M O'Reilly 1-0, N McDermott 0-4 (0-2f) D Givney; G McKiernan 0-2 each, B Reilly, B Murray 0-1 each. Down: C Duggan 1-1, P Devlin 0-3 (0-3f), P McPolin 0-2, D O'Hagan, E Toner 0-1 each.
Cavan -- M Smith; P Carroll, R Dunne, D Tighe; D Graham, J McEnroe, T Reilly; G McKiernan, D Givney; N Smith, N McDermott, B Reilly; B Fitzpatrick, D McKiernan, C McClarey. Subs: B Murray for J McEnroe (41), C Smith for N Smith (46), S Tierney for D McKiernan (52), M O'Reilly for B Reilly (56).
Down -- K Gordon; R McGovern, D Turley, O Costello; C Poland, M Higgins, D O'Hagan; A McArdle, R Digney; P Devlin, C Harrison, B Kane; J Connolly, E Toner, P McPolin. Subs: B O'Reilly for C Harrison (h-t), C Duggan for A McArdle (h-t), G McAnulty for B Kane (35), A McConville for J Connolly (45), M Magee for P Devlin (52).
Ref -- F Cleary (Fermanagh).