'Cavan were the instigators' - Ciarán Whelan and Tomás Ó Sé expect retrospective action against Breffni men after ugly melee
Cavan will have to plan for next week's third round qualifier without the key duo of Dara McVeety and Conor Moynagh but Ciarán Whelan and Tomás Ó Sé feels things could get worse for Mattie McGleenon's side.
Black cards for the Down pair Connaire Harrison and Kevin McKernan and a red card for Ryan Johnston were pivotal as Cavan finished strongly to edge the Mourne men by 1-14 to 0-15 at Brewster Park.
The cards continued after the final whistle with Cormac Reilly singling out McVeety, Moynagh and Down's Anthony Doherty after an ugly row right after the game was brought to an end.
Replays show that Gearoid McKiernan goaded Darren O'Hagan twice after kicking the final score of the game and a third Cavan player jumped in to spark the melee.
"He (McKiernan) will look back and he'll probably regret it," Ciarán Whelan told The Sunday Game.
"Cavan have won, they've got there and there was obviously something previous to that with O'Hagan, there was a bit of bad blood there, he goes over and he goads him.
"He goes back to him again at the final whistle and another Cavan player comes into O'Hagan and then a nasty scene kicks off where officials get involved, mentors get involved and Cavan end up having two players sent off after the match Conor Moynagh and Dara McVeety. They (Cavan) were the instigators.
"Down have nothing to lose. Just walk off the field. It's going to hurt them badly in the next round."
Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé suggested that in light of the retrospective suspensions handed out to Tyrone and Armagh after a recent under-20s game, Cavan could be depleted further for their next game.
"The under-20 game that was on recently between Tyrone and Armagh, they came down very hard on them and there was a serious amount of suspensions handed out. This is something similar at senior level," he said.
"You'd want to be watching for a half an hour to find out who threw what and when
"If you are coming down on an under-20 side you are going to have to be consistent. It's unacceptable."