Seanie Johnston's goal pivotal as Cavan get the better of Fermanagh
Fermanagh 0-09 Cavan 1-12
A goal from Seanie Johnston on 48 minutes was the decisive score in this all Ulster division two clash as Fermanagh’s winning home run came to a halt after 11 straight victories.
Cavan were the better side and this was especially true in the second half where they struck for a goal and two points without reply in seven minutes.
The goal came about through a swift Cavan move with the Fermanagh defence unlocked from a brilliant Cian Mackey pass to midfielder Liam Buchanan who offloaded to Johnson to hammered to the top corner with his left foot.
That score put Cavan six points to the good and in truth the game was decided when the net rustled. Fermanagh had threatened a goal just minutes before when an astute Sean Quigley pass found fellow substitute Martin O’Brien through on goal but Cavan keeper Raymond Galligan did well to smother the shot. There were three points between the sides when Galligan saved and the goalkeeper found time to come forward to stroke over free later on in the second half.
Fermanagh were blunt in attack and they had only one point from play in the entire game. In the first half they had some penetration but in the second aside from that O’Brien chance there was little in the way of fluid attacking play. Cavan in contrast had eight different scorers from play.
Cavan were marginally the better team in the first half and went in at the break two points to the good. They had struck for the first three points of the game and were mixing a strong running game with some intelligent long balls into the full forward line. David Givney was showing particularly well and he notched the first score of the game. This was followed by points from Padraig Faulkner and Jason McLoughlin who both meandered forward from defensive positions to find space and get on the end of some good Cavan moves.
Fermanagh though were to enjoy a dominant spell for the next 15 minutes and outscored Cavan 0-04 to 0-01 with Tomas Corrigan winning and converting two frees. He added another placed kick while Aidan Breen also raised a white flag. For Breen’s effort there was a hint of a goal chance with Paul McCusker open for a pass but the Tempo player elected to hammer over.
Cavan finished the half the stronger with Gearoid McKiernan finding his range from frees and also with a neat point from play off his weaker right foot.
In defence Conor Moynagh was sweeping up a lot of loose ball for Cavan with James McMahon doing likewise for the home side.
The result leaves Fermanagh in a precarious position on four points with Galway away from home and Tyrone in Brewster Park in their last game. Cavan meanwhile are all but secured int heir division two status and can now push on and look for promotion.
Scorers - Fermanagh - T Corrigan 0-06f, S Quigley 0-02 45’s, A Breen 0-01. Cavan S Johnson 1-01, G McKiernan 0-04 (2f), D Givney, M Reilly, T Corr, L Buchanan, J McLaughlin, P Faulkner 0-01 each, R Galligan 0-01f.
Fermanagh - C Snow, M Jones, C Cullen, N Cassidy, P Reihill, J McMahon, A Breen, E Donnelly, R O’Callaghan, B Mulrone, R Corrigan, D McCusker, P McCusker, R Jones, T Corrigan. Subs; M O’Brien for Reihill (43), S Quigley for R Corrigan (46), C Jones for P McCusker (61), R McCluskey for Cassidy (64), D Kelly for Breen (70)
Yellow Cards - R Jones (2)
Cavan - R Galligan; P Faulkner, K Clarke, J McLoughlin; C Brady, C Moynagh, K Brady; T Corr, L Buchanan; D McVeety, G McKiernan, M Reilly; D Givney, M Argue, S Johnston. Subs; N Murray for K Brady (33), C Mackey for Murray (43), P O’Connor for Argue (59), R Dunne for Buchanan (61), J Hayes for Johnson (64), B Sankey for McKiernan (70)
Black Cards - N Murray (43)
Yellow Cards M Argue (5), K Brady (30), G McKiernan (45)
Referee - C Brannigan (Down)