Thursday 22 February 2018

Mackey punishes Erne misses

Cavan 0-11
Fermanagh 0-7

Cavan profited from Fermanagh's dismal haul of 19 wides to cruise to victory at Kingspan/Breffni Park but failed to secure promotion.

The already-relegated visitors did show the greater cutting edge early on and eased into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead after 22 minutes of a pedestrian encounter.

Cian Mackey was again Cavan's main threat but too often his team-mates opted for the long, high delivery forward to little effect. However, Fermanagh's failings allowed the Breffni men to go 0-6 to 0-5 ahead by the interval.

Mark McKeever and Gareth Smith stretched the lead inside 90 seconds of the restart.

Fermanagh pulled back two points and then lorded possession in the final 15 minutes, but their shooting continued to be awful and the hosts edged clear.

Although Cavan were slightly less wasteful, their 12 wides will give manager Tommy Carr plenty to ponder ahead of the teams' championship re-match in June.

Scorers -- Cavan: C Mackey 0-3 (0-1f), M McKeever, G Smith, L Mulvey 0-2 each, M Cahill, C Galligan 0-1 each. Fermanagh: R Carson 0-2 (0-2f), P Ward, J Sherry, K Cosgrove, N Cunningham (0-1f), D Keenan 0-1 each.

Cavan -- F Reilly; E McPhillips, T Corr, M Hannon; D O'Dowd, E McGuigan, M Johnston; N Walsh, L Mulvey; M Cahill, G Smith, M McKeever; C Mackey, M Brennan, R Cullivan. Subs: M Reilly for M Johnston (41), D Givney for N Walsh (48), P Brady for E McPhillips (49), B Fitzpatrick for M Brennan (63), C Galligan for L Mulvey (64).

Fermanagh -- R Gallagher; S Goan, N McGovern, J Woods; D Ward, R McCluskey, T McElroy; J Sherry, K Cosgrove; D Keenan, R Carson, P Gormley; J Connolly, N Cunningham, P Ward. Subs: T O'Flannagan for P Gormley (48), A McCarron for N Cunningham (52).

Ref -- S McNamee (Tyrone).

Irish Independent

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