Monday 10 December 2018

Brady leads Cavan blitz

Cavan 1-19 Antrim 1-11 Ulster MFC Semi-Final

Cavan's Dillon Raythorne charges through a tackle from Donal Carey
Cavan's Dillon Raythorne charges through a tackle from Donal Carey
Cavan's David Wilson, left, and Donal Monahan dispossess Antrim's Conor Small
Conor Small under pressure from Cavan's Lewis Fay Cooper Newsdesk Newsdesk

Hosts Cavan made it hard for themselves before securing their place in the final.

Underdogs Antrim led for the majority of the game, but a levelling point in the 44th minute by Cavan's star man David Brady paved the way for the home win.

Antrim surged into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead and went further ahead when Odhran Eastwood palmed the ball to the net.

Cavan trailed by 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval, but then turned on the afterburners, keeping Antrim scoreless from the 37th to the 57th minute while they racked up 11 points.

Robbie Fitzpatrick netted a fine goal on the hour mark to crown their comeback.

Scorers- Cavan: R Fitzpatrick 1-3 (0-1f), D Gannon 0-5 (3fs), D Brady 0-4, D Wilson 0-3, J Brady 0-2 (1f), C Brady, D Raythorne 0-1 each. Antrim: C Small 0-7 (5fs), O Eastwood 1-1, K Small, B Corr, G Walsh 0-1 each.

Cavan - F O'Rourke; P O'Reilly, D Monahan, L Fortune; D Raythorne, S Fortune, D Wilson; D Brady, C Brady; D Gannon, R O'Neill, S Moynagh; TE Donohoe, R Fitzpatrick, J Brady. Subs: R Clarke for S Moynagh (21, BC); L Fay Cooper for S Fortune (h-t); C Smith for J Brady (49); P Leddy for D Gannon (60); P Corrigan for T E Donohoe (60).

Antrim - A Hasson; C Garland, C King, P McCormick; D McCormick, E Walsh, D Carey; J Maskey, C Murray; B Rice, C Small, C Lyttle; O Eastwood, B Corr, K Small. Subs: B McCormick for C King (half-time); G Walsh for B Rice (h-t); E Fyfe for C Lyttle (48); CJ McKenna for B Corr (54); C Flynn for P McCormick (55); C Daykin for G Walsh (60).

Ref - D Connolly (Monaghan).

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