Ranahan downs Breffni
Pa Ranahan's late goal secured Limerick their first win of the campaign.
Backed by a strong breeze Limerick led by 0-10 to 0-5 at the break, but two points by former Dublin All-Ireland U-21 winner Gareth Smith reduced the gap.
But Limerick responded with a goal on 46 minutes when Shannon rugby player Stephen Kelly raced past four defenders and slammed the ball home.
With five minutes to go Cavan drew level, but Ger Collins' free edged Limerick back in front and then, after Cavan's Stephen Jordan had been sent off for a second yellow card, James Kelly's lay-off set Ranahan surging clear for his decisive goal.
Man of the Match: Ger Collins
Scorers -- Limerick: G Collins 0-5 (5f), I Ryan 0-4 (1f), P Ranahan, S Kelly 1-0 each, M Sheehan, E O'Connor, S Buckley, J Cooke, J Mullane 0-1 each. Cavan: G Smith (1f, 1'65'), S Johnston (3f) 0-3 each, M Cahill, C Mackey, E Keating 0-2 each, J McCutcheon, R Cullivan, D Givney 0-1 each.
Limerick -- B Scanlon 5; M Riordan 6, S Gallagher, 5, L O'Dwyer 4; J Riordan,5, J McCarthy 5, P Ranahan 6; T Lee 5, J Galvin 7; E O'Connor 5, S Kelly 6, S Buckley 5; G Collins 7, J Mullane 4, I Ryan 7. Subs: M Sheehan 7 for O'Dwyer (7); J Cooke 6 for O'Connor (61), E Hogan 6 for Mullane (55).
Cavan -- J Reilly 5; A Clarke 5, D Sheridan 4, S Jordan 6; M McKeever 5, J McCutcheon 6, M Cahill 6; R Cullivan 4, P O'Reilly 5; R Flanagan 5,G Smith 6, K Fannin 5; C Mackey 6, M Brennan 5, S Johnston 5. Subs: D Dowd 6 for Clarke (31), E Keating 5 for Fannin (h-t), D Givney 4 for Brennan (h-t), M Lyng 6 for McKeever (56).
Ref -- M Collins (Cork).