Tierney fires brace as Cavan firepower outguns Saffrons
cavan 3-12 Antrim 0-12
Two second-half goals ensured Cavan enjoyed a winning start to 2014 as they eased past Antrim in this Group C tie at Creggan.
Kevin Tierney ended the game with a brace of goals to his name with David Givney supplying Cavan's third in a game in which five of the six Breffni starting forwards got on the scoresheet.
The game's first goal arrived after just two minutes. A five-man Cavan move was finished off by Tierney. Two CJ McGourty frees made it a one-point game on 12 minutes but Cavan were always looking more menacing and the visitors extended their lead through a Eugene Keating free.
The Breffni men continued to dominate possession but had racked up six wides by the end of the first half. They also bore the first black card of the game when Killian Brady blocked Tomas McCann's run.
McGourty converted the resultant free but Cavan's reply was immediate, with Givney slotting over a fine point. McGourty raised the final flag of the opening half to leave his side trailing by two, 1-3 to 0-4, at the break.
On 47 minutes, Cavan made sure of the win when Givney punched in Niall Murray's pass to make it 2-7 to 0-6. Antrim replied with three McGourty frees but Tierney's second goal ended their comeback hopes.
SCORERS -- Cavan: K Tierney 2-0, D Givney 1-2, E Keating 0-5 (4fs), M Reilly (1f), N McDermott (1f) 0-2 each, D Hyland 0-1. Antrim: CJ McGourty 0-7 (6fs), M Pollock 0-2, M McCann, B Neeson, P Kelly ('45') 0-1 each.
Cavan -- C Gilsenan; J Hayes, R Dunne, K Brady; N Murray, A Clarke, N Smith; D McKiernan, P Leddy; M Reilly, N McDermott, T Mooney; K Tierney, D Givney, E Keating. Subs: D Barkley for K Brady (BC), M Leddy for P Leddy, D O'Reilly for N Murray, D Hyland for D McKiernan, P Tinnelly for N Smith.
Antrim -- C Kerr; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, N Delargy; T Scullion; M Sweeney, J Crozier; M McCann, S McVeigh; C Murray, M Pollock, T McCann; CJ McGourty, O Gallagher, A Taylor. Subs: P Gallagher for K O'Boyle, P Gallagher for K O'Boyle, P Kelly for T McCann, B Neeson for O Gallagher, P Cunningham for A Taylor, P McGuire for C Murray.
Ref -- C O'Hagan (Tyrone)