Monday 23 October 2017

Cavan v Derry Game at a Glance

Man of the match

Cahair O'Kane

Martin Reilly (Cavan)

Having focused on Cian Mackey, Eugene Keating and Martin Dunne, Derry's defence overlooked the match-winning talents of Reilly. Terrific game in the half-forwards, finishing with five points, four from play.

TURNING POINT

All the momentum Derry had built seemed to have taken them over the line when Mark Lynch pointed a 72nd-minute free, but they allowed Cavan to build a final attack from which Damien O'Reilly dramatically sent it to extra-time.

TALKING POINT

Derry manager Brian McIver was unimpressed with two penalty claims turned down in the first half, notably when Eoin Bradley appeared to be hauled to the ground when clean through on goal.

REF WATCH

Maurice Deegan was 60 yards from the play when turning down what looked a stonewall penalty claim from Bradley in the first half. Inconsistent on his stoppages when it came to short kick-outs, and didn't punish cynical fouling as he ought to have.

MAGIC MOMENT

Having led for most of the game, Cavan looked to have lost it at the death only for them to work the ball the length of the pitch for O'Reilly to take it to extra-time.

WHAT THEY SAID

Cian Mackey (Cavan):

"The heat was massive and we knew we'd need 20-plus players going into extra-time. Everyone was brilliant, all the lads who came in. They all came on and did the job."

Brian McIver (Derry manager):

"It's wild frustrating. One thing we try to do with such a young side as we have is to make sure they play enough football. That's very hard to do. The referee gave us very, very little. But listen, Cavan won't be objecting."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Derry 12 (6, 4, 2, 0)

Cavan 9 (6, 0, 2, 1)

Frees:

Derry 31 (9) (11) (5) (6)

Cavan 34 (9) (13) (4) (4)

Yellow cards:

Derry 6 (B Heron 47, E Lynn 57, A Devlin 67, L Kennedy 68, A McAlynn 69, R Bell 73)

Cavan 6 (J McEnroe 5, T Corr 43, K Clarke 57, J Brady 64, K Tierney 69, D McVitty 76)

Red cards:

Derry 0

Cavan 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Cavan face London for a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, while Derry players must lift themselves for the start of club championship on Thursday night.

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