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The game at a glance

Man of the match

Mark Hehir (Galway)

Galway's Danny Cummins and Fiontan O Curraoin were also serious contenders, but top scorer Hehir (0-7, 4f) ran the whole show like a virtuoso conductor from centre-forward.

Turning point

With the sides level, Cavan wasted four consecutive chances from the 10th-14th minutes (one wide and three short to the 'keeper). Galway snatched back the initiative to score 2-7 without reply. Game over.

Talking point

Cavan's insistence on chasing goals when they just needed some steadying points and the fact that they didn't drop back an extra man to shore up their struggling defence.

Ref watch

Eddie Kinsella had a good game but may have veered slightly towards Cavan in the second half, particularly with that soft penalty award.

What they said

Alan Mulholland (Galway manager):

"The first half was perfect, the boys showed great maturity but then they've been doing that all year long."

Terry Hyland

(Cavan manager):

"Perhaps nerves got to our boys a little bit. We seemed to fumble a lot of ball and everything Galway did turned to gold for them in the first half."

Match statistics

Wides: Galway 8 (2); Cavan 6(3).

Frees: Galway 23 (8); Cavan 15 (9).

Yellow cards: Galway 2 (Hehir 37, Flynn 49); Cavan 7 (Meehan 13, Murray 33, Minagh 52, Mooney 54, Smith 55, Flanagan 56, Leddy 59).

Attendance: 15,000 (est).

What next?

Galway's seniors face the winners of London/Mayo in the Connacht SFC on June 26, while Cavan's seniors meet the winners of Antrim/Donegal in the Ulster SFC on June 12.

Irish Independent