Friday 19 January 2018

Cavan push on to end Fermanagh's home run

Cavan 1-12 Fermanagh 0-9

Seanie Johnston got the decisive goal for Cavan against Fermanagh last night Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Seanie Johnston got the decisive goal for Cavan against Fermanagh last night Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile newsdesk

A goal from Seanie Johnston on 48 minutes was the decisive score in this Division 2 derby as Fermanagh's winning home run came to a halt after 11 straight victories.

Cavan were the better side and this was especially true in the second half where they struck for a goal and two points without reply in seven minutes.

The goal came about through a swift move with the Fermanagh defence unlocked from a brilliant Cian Mackey pass to midfielder Liam Buchanan, who offloaded to Johnston, who hammered the ball to the top corner with his left foot.

That score put Cavan six points to the good, and the game was decided when the net rustled. Fermanagh had threatened a goal just minutes before when an astute Sean Quigley pass found fellow substitute Martin O'Brien through on goal but Cavan keeper Raymond Galligan did well to smother the shot. There were three points between the sides when Galligan saved and the goalkeeper found time to come forward to stroke over free later on.

Fermanagh were blunt in attack; they mustered just one point from play in the entire game. Cavan in contrast had eight different scorers from play.

Cavan were marginally the better team in the first half and went in at the break two points to the good. They had struck for the first three points of the game and were mixing a strong running game with some intelligent long balls into the full-forward line. David Givney was showing particularly well and he notched the first score of the game. This was followed by points from Padraig Faulkner and Jason McLoughlin, who both meandered forward from defensive positions to find space and get on the end of good moves.

Fermanagh, though, enjoyed a dominant spell for the next 15 minutes and outscored Cavan 0-4 to 0-1 with Tomas Corrigan converting three frees, two of which he won himself. Aidan Breen also raised a white flag. For Breen's effort there was a hint of a goal chance with Paul McCusker open for a pass but the Tempo player elected to hammer over.

Cavan finished the half the stronger with Gearoid McKiernan finding his range from frees and also with a neat point from play off his weaker right foot.

In defence Conor Moynagh was sweeping up a lot of loose ball for Cavan with James McMahon doing likewise for the home side.

The result leaves Fermanagh in a precarious position on four points with Galway away and Tyrone in Brewster Park in their last game. Cavan meanwhile can push on and look for promotion.

Scorers - Cavan: S Johnston 1-1, G McKiernan 0-4 (2f), D Givney, M Reilly, T Corr, L Buchanan, J McLaughlin, P Faulkner, R Galligan (f) 0-1 each. Fermanagh: T Corrigan 0-6f, S Quigley 0-2 (45s), A Breen 0-1.
Cavan: R Galligan; P Faulkner, K Clarke, J McLoughlin; C Brady, C Moynagh, K Brady; T Corr, L Buchanan; D McVeety, G McKiernan, M Reilly; D Givney, M Argue, S Johnston. Subs: N Murray for K Brady (33), C Mackey for Murray (43), P O'Connor for Argue (59), R Dunne for Buchanan (61), J Hayes for Johnson (64), B Sankey for McKiernan (70).
Fermanagh: C Snow, M Jones, C Cullen, N Cassidy, P Reihill, J McMahon, A Breen, E Donnelly, R O'Callaghan, B Mulrone, R Corrigan, D McCusker, P McCusker, R Jones, T Corrigan. Subs: M O'Brien for Reihill (43), S Quigley for R Corrigan (46), C Jones for P McCusker (61), R McCluskey for Cassidy (64), D Kelly for Breen (70)
Referee: C Brannigan (Down)

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