Monday 26 February 2018

Cunningham proves a point

Antrim 2-13
Cavan 1-8

Livewire attacker Paddy Cunningham led Cavan a merry dance as Antrim soared to the summit of Division 3.

Cunningham lit up a dank, foggy Breffni Park with some exquisite points from both play and frees to heap further pressure on Cavan boss Tom Carr.

The Blues were particularly off-colour in the second half during which time they were out-scored by 1-7 to 0-2.

Two goals inside four minutes lit the fuse for a frenetic end to the first half.

Tomas McCann's goal on the half-hour mark saw the visitors regain the lead but Raymond Galligan dived to fist a goal which edged Cavan into a 1-6 to 1-4 lead.

Antrim again rolled up their sleeves though and a point apiece from Cunningham and Michael McCann levelled matters at 1-6 each at the interval.

Gareth Smith opened the second-half scoring for Cavan but five unanswered points followed from Antrim with a gem in particular coming from half-back Tony Scullion.

Micheal Magill added salt to Cavan's gaping wound in the 61st minute when he fly-kicked the ball to the roof of the net from close range.

Scorers -- Antrim: P Cunningham 0-8 (4f); T McCann 1-3; M Magill 1-0; M McCann, T Scullion 0-1 each. Cavan: R Galligan 1-3 (3f); G Smith 0-3 (3f);

M McKeever, C Mackey 0-1 each

Antrim -- J Finucane; D McCann, P Doherty, K Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, D O'Hagan; M McCann, B Herron; K Close, T McCann, J Loughry; P Cunningham, M Magill, M Pollock. Subs: K Brady for M Pollock (49); G O'Boyle for K Close (53); A Douglas for P Doherty (55).

Cavan -- F Reilly; D Sheridan, T Corr, M Cahill; M McKeever, J McCutcheon, A Clarke; E McGuigan, N Walsh; D Givney, G Smith, C Mackey; M Reilly, R Galligan, M Lyng. Subs: R Flanagan for M Reilly (31); C Galligan for N Walsh (47) ; M Brennan for M Lyng (52); E Reilly for C Mackey (59); P Reilly for D Sheridan(57).

Ref -- R O'Donnell (Donegal)

Irish Independent

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