Cavan's late charge not enough
Cavan 4-15 Sligo 0-15
Cavan turned on the style against understrength Sligo, scoring four second-half goals at Markievicz Park, but it was all for nothing.
The Ulster side needed to win but also required Lancashire to lose to Fermanagh to possibly pip them on score difference for a place in the final against Sligo.
Although their second-half recovery inspired Cavan's first win of the campaign, they were helped when Sligo were reduced to 14 players by Kevin Gilmartin's 19th-minute second yellow card.
Although five converted frees from midfielder Eoin Comerford helped the home side lead 0-9 to 0-6 at half-time, the alarms bells were already ringing as Cavan had three goal chances in the half.
The winners goaled twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half through substitute Cormac Wall and Philip Brady netted twice from close range in time added.
SCORERS - Cavan: C Wall 2-1; P Brady 2-0; S Keating 0-5 (2f, 1 '65'); J Sheanon, M Moffett, C Sheanon 0-2 each; K Conneely, E Magee, M Sexton 0-1 each. Sligo: E Comerford 0-6 (6f); K Prior 0-3; K Banks 0-2; R Brennan, M Davey, K Raymond (f), T O'Kelly-Lynch 0-1 each .
CAVAN: D Sheridan 6; D Crudden 6, M Hayes 6, N Neary 6; R O'Hagan 5, P Sheridan 6, C Kelly 5; M Hynes 5, K Conneely 6; M Moffett 6, J Sheanon 6, J Crowe 5; E Magee 5, S Keating 7, P Brady 7. Subs: C Sheanon 6 for O'Hagan (32), C Wall 7 for Hynes (ht), M Sexton 5 for Crowe (47), A Sheridan 5 for Magee (4).
SLIGO: M Fitzsimons 5; J Weir 5, N Feehily 5, T Brennan 5; M Davey 6, K Raymond 6, M Comerford 5; E Comerford 7, G Cadden 5; J McHugh 6, K Prior 5, K Banks 5; R Brennan 5, F O'Flynn 5, K Gilmartin 4. Subs: G O'Kelly-Lynch 4 for Banks (28), E McDonagh 4 for O'Flynn (46), L Cadden 4 for McDonagh (62) M Burke for Prior (70), T O'Callaghan for G O'Kelly-Lynch (70+4)
REF - A Ferguson (Fermanagh).
Crowley stars for dominant Lancashire
Lancashire 1-19 Fermanagh 0-10
In the end it was a canter for Lancashire as they cruised into the final and a date with Sligo on June 23 at Croke Park.
The Exiles were better all over the pitch and in Bandon man Ronan Crowley had a player who was a cut above the rest.
Fermanagh were in the game to the 20-minute mark hitting five points to the visitors seven. Conor McShea had brilliantly collected a point from play for the Erne men and Shea Curran was accurate from frees.
At the other end, Crowley was already finding his range from play and frees, with Tommy Duane also chipping in with a brace.
The crucial score came when Edmond Kenny reacted quickest to a Sean Power saved shot to flick in the game's only goal.
The Exiles outscored Fermanagh 10 points to four in the second half with Crowley at the centre of everything good for them.
SCORERS - Lancashire: R Crowley 0-11 (6fs), E Kenny 1-2, T Duane 0-2, D O'Brien, S Dunne, S Power, JJ Dunphy 0-1 each. Fermanagh: S Curran 0-4 (1f), D Bannon 0-2, C McShea, R Bogue, J Duffy, A Magee 0-1 each.
LANCASHIRE - V Morrissey 7, L Knocker 7, C Larkin 7, J Cleere 6, R Mullins 6, G Jacob 7, N Unwin 7, S Duncan 6, J Fitzmaurice 7, D Crowley 5, T Duane 7, JJ Dunphy 6, S Power 6, E Kenny 7, R Crowley 9 Subs: D O'Brien 7 for D Crowley (13), S Hannon 6 for Power (40), S Dunne 6 for Fitzmaurice (48), J Hughes 6 for J Cleere (51), D O'Grady 6 for Dunphy (62)
FERMANAGH - C McPhillips 7; A Magee 6, M Slevin 6, D Russell 6, C Rafferty 6, B Duffy 6, D Bannon 7, J Duffy 6, R Bogue 7, S Curran 6, T Cleary 6, C McShea 7, B McPhillips 6, JP McGarry 6, A McShea 6. Subs: O Russell 6 for Rafferty (h/t), R Porteous 6 for McPhillips (43), Lloyd Harte 6 for Magee (46), E Mahon 6 for Curran (49), B Jones 6 for A McShea (68).
REF - K Brady (Louth)