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Fitzpatrick's net gain for Cavan


Martin Dunne's free helped to up the ante

Martin Dunne's free helped to up the ante


Martin Dunne's free helped to up the ante

Cavan achieved their goal after a real war of attrition in a derby duel at rain-lashed Kingspan Breffni Park.

The Breffni men won pulling up to retain their Division 2 status for another year. Westmeath failed to score for a full 40 minutes after a bright start albeit against the wind and now face a relegation battle.

The Blues hadn't scored a goal in the entire current NFL but Brendan Fitzpatrick's 44th-minute effort worked the oracle and left Westmeath staring at a relegation dogfight.

Cavan were caught napping early on though with Kieran Martin finding the net for the visitors after a great delivery from Callum McCormack in the seventh minute.

Tom Cribbin's side almost broke through for a second goal in the 15th minute but Cavan livewire Jason McLoughlin made a great interception to deny Shane Dempsey a clear shot.

Cavan took 14 minutes to add to Niall McDermott's opener for his side and it was a free from Martin Dunne (below) which helped to up the ante. The home team finished the first half with a spring in their step and a fine McDermott point helped get his side on level terms, 0-4 to 1-1, at the interval.

The Blues hit the jackpot nine minutes after the restart when Fitzpatrick rattled the Westmeath net after great work by James McEnroe.

A brilliant point from Martin (40) ended a 31-minute barren period for the Leinster men only for in-form midfielder Gearoid McKiernan's brace to seal the deal after Jamie Gonoud (61) saw red after an off-the-ball incident.

Man of the Match: Kieran Martin

Scorers - Cavan: B Fitzpatrick 1-0; G McKiernan, N McDermott (1f), M Reilly (2f), M Dunne (2f) 0-2 each. Westmeath: K Martin 1-2 (1f); J Heslin 0-1.

Cavan - C Gilsenan 6; J McLoughlin 7, R Dunne 7, R Flanagan 6; J McEnroe 7, F Flanagan 8, D O'Reilly 7; T Corr 7, G McKiernan 8; D McVeety 6, N McDermott 6 , M Reilly 8; C Mackey 7, M Dunne 8 , B Fitzpatrick 8. Subs: C Conroy 6 for N McDermott (44); J Farrelly 6 for C Gilsenan (52); N Murray 6 for R Flanagan (63); T Hayes for B Fitzpatrick (66); J Brady for N M Dunne (67).

Westmeath - G Connaughton 6; M McCallon 7, K Maguire 6, G Gonoud 6; K Daly 6, J Gilligan 7, J Egan 6; P Holloway 7, J Heslin 8; P Sharry 6, G Egan 6, K Martin 8; S Dempsey 7, C McCormack 6, L MacGabhann 6. Subs: D Glennon for L MacGabhann (44);D Duffy for P Holloway (52); D McCormack for C McCormack (68).

Ref - J Henry (Mayo)

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