Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dunne makes history for Cavan

Cavan 1-13 Kildare 0-9

Cavan made it third time lucky as they captured their first provincial football title at this level with a comfortable victory at St Conleth's Park last night.

The Breffni men had been defeated in the previous two deciders, but Conor McClarey's first-half goal helped them gain revenge for last year's loss at the hands of the Lilywhites.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, racing into a three-point lead by the 10th minute, but Cavan eventually found their shooting boots and reeled off 1-4 without reply to take control.

McClarey's goal came midway through that scoring burst, the corner-forward taking a Martin Dunne pass and coolly slotting the ball under William Clinch.

The defending champions hit back and closed the gap to two points at the interval (1-5 to 0-6) with points from Cathal McNally and Seamus Hanafin.

However, four unanswered points midway through the second half from Declan McKiernan, Paul O'Connor (two) and Dunne swung the match firmly in favour of the Ulster side.

Darren Barker saw red for Kildare in the closing stages as a brace of points from Dunne sealed a historic victory for Cavan.

Scorers -- Cavan: M Dunne 0-5 (3f), D McKiernan 0-3 (2f), C McClarey 1-0, P O'Connor, M Reilly (2 '45s') 0-2 each, B Watters 0-1. Kildare: S Hanafin (2f), C McNally 0-3 each, C Bolton, R Walsh, J Kehoe 0-1 each.

CAVAN -- J Farrelly; D Barker, R Dunne, F Slowey; E O'Connell, J Hayes, K Brady; S Gaffney, D McKiernan; C Conroy, M Reilly, K Fannin; C McClarey, B McKiernan, M Dunne. Subs: P O'Connor for McKiernan (11), B O'Leary for McClarey (57), O O'Connell for Dunne (60), J Morris for Tighe (60).

Kildare -- W Clinch; R Walsh, E Fitzpatrick, D Barker; C O'Shea, W Burke, C Fagan; B Lawlor, C Feeney; J Lambe, S Hanafin, D Flynn; Emmet O'Keefe, Cian Bolton, Cathal McNally. Subs: J Kehoe for Lambe (h-t), G Waters for O'Shea (46), T McCann for Bolton (48), A Dunne for O'Keeffe (51).

Irish Independent

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