Tuesday 21 November 2017

Moynagh hunger ends Cavan famine

Cavan 0-12 Armagh 1-6


Cavan staged a magnificent second-half revival to end a 37-year provincial title famine when they outplayed pre-match favourites Armagh in a nerve tingling final quarter in Clones yesterday.

Cavan fought back valiantly to wipe out a four-point half-time deficit and strike for victory with three late points, as well as holding Armagh scoreless for the entire second half in the process.

Cavan got off to much the better start and had five points on the board before Armagh registered a 15th- minute free from Paul McGeown.

From there to the halfway stage it was increasingly Armagh with a goal by McGeown in the 27th minute putting them firmly in the driving seat and leading 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.

Cavan started the second half with purpose but it was the 44th minute before Michael Argue reduced the deficit to three.

The introduction of substitute Nevin O'Donnell had a marked effect on Cavan's final-quarter performance, and after Dara McVeety had cut the gap to one, O'Donnell converted a free for a late challenge on man-of-the-match centre-back Conor Moynagh.

That left just one between the sides and with four minutes of normal time remaining Cavan captain Paul Graham fired over the equaliser, before scores from Andrew Graham, O'Donnell and Conor Finnegan propelled them to a memorable and historic victory.

Scorers -- Cavan: A Graham 0-3, C Finnegan, N O'Donnell (1f) 0-2 each, G Smith, P Graham, M Argue, J Dillon, D McVeety 0-1 each. Armagh: P McGeown 1-2 (0-1f), C Whyte, E Rafferty, C Gough, C McNally 0-1 each.

Cavan -- B O'Mara; B Sankey, K Clarke, C Smith; C Brady, C Moynagh, G Smith; M Argue, P Graham; A Dewart, J Dillon, K Boucher; A Graham, C Finnegan, D McVeety. Subs: N O'Donnell for Boucher, L Buchanan for Dewart, Coyle for J Dillon.

Armagh -- D O'Hagan; S Hughes, M Murphy, C Hoey; P Burns, B McCarron, C White; A Findon, E Rafferty; C Gough, C O'Hanlon, M McKenna; C McNally, P McGeown, C Cumiskey. Subs: R McShane for Gough, P Og Grant for McNally, C Trainor for Rafferty.

Ref -- C O'Hagan (Tyrone)

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