Laois picked apart as Cavan point their way to first win
Cavan 0-17 Laois 2-6
An impressive second-half performance from Cavan saw them run out convincing winners over Laois in O'Moore Park on Saturday night.
While there was just five points between the teams at the final whistle, the gulf between the sides was far greater than that. Only a couple of moments of individual brilliance from Donie Kingston kept Laois in the game, as Cavan were the better side throughout.
Laois had gotten off to the perfect start as Ross Munnelly's free from the right wing was punched to the net by Kingston, with a Colm Begley point moments later giving them a four point lead after seven minutes.
Cavan finally got up and running a minute later with a point from Niall McDermott, and that sparked a run of seven points in a row from the visitors. Paul Smith added another before McDermott and Damien O'Reilly drew them level.
Laois were being picked apart now with alarming ease by Cavan, and Smith missed a glorious goal chance before three more points from the visitors had them in control of proceedings.
Darren Strong and Kingston (free) finally got Laois back into it, while Damien O'Reilly kept Cavan ahead with his second point of the half. The score of the game arrived moments later, however, as Laois retook the lead.
Kingston won possession 20 yards out to the left of the penalty area, and his sublime left-footed shot looped over Philip Gilsenan and into the top right corner of the net. That gave Laois a one point lead, but McDermott drew Cavan level before the half-time whistle, leaving the scores reading 2-3 to 0-9 at the break.
Laois came out strongly in the second half, with early points from Kingston and Ross Munnelly putting them two up. They would not score again until injury-time, however, as Cavan completely dominated the play from that stage on.
McDermott's fifth point of the game got them up and running, and they would score eight points without reply to seal their first league win of the campaign.
They had seven different scorers in that run as well, and the Breffni men now have a three week break before meeting Down in Round 3.
Man of the Match: Damien O'Reilly
Scorers - LAOIS: D Kingston 2-2 (0-2f), R Munnelly 0-2 (1f), C Begley, D Strong 0-1 each. CAVAN: N McDermott 0-5 (3f), J McEnroe, D O'Reilly, M Reilly, P Smith 0-2 each, M Dunne (f), J Brady (f), B Reilly (f), D McVeety 0-1 each. LAOIS - G Brody 7; P McMahon 6, M Timmons 7, G Hanrahan 6; D Strong 6, R Kehoe 6, C Boyle 5; J Finn 5, J O'Loughlin 5; B Sheehan 5, C Begley 6, N Donoher 5; R Munnelly 6, D Kingston 7, E O'Carroll 6. Reps: E Keane 5 for Finn (50, inj), E Lowry 5 for Sheehan (61), G Dillon for Lowry (68, inj).
CAVAN - P Gilsenan 6; J McLoughlin 6, R Dunne 5, D McVeety 7; F Flanagan 6, D O'Reilly 7, K Brady 6; K Clarke 7, G McKiernan 7; M Reilly 7, P Smith 7, M McKeever 6; R Flanagan 6, M Dunne 6, N McDermott 7. Reps: B Reilly 6 for McKeever (ht), J McEnroe for R Dunne (46), J Brady 6 for M Dunne (64), N Murray for McVeety (69).
REF - P Neilan (Roscommon).