Crowley hits 16 points as Exiles prevail
Lory Meagher Cup: Lancashire 2-24 Cavan 3-9
Edmond Kenny's third-quarter goal proved pivotal as Lancashire finally swept Cavan aside in Ballyconnell.
The visitors were shocked when the Breffni men fought back to gain parity (3-6 to 0-15) before Kenny knocked the wind from their sails.
A point from Cuala's John Sheanon levelled matters at 0-2 apiece but thanks, in the main, to Ronan Crowley's unerring free-taking -he scored 16 points in total -the favourites powered into a 0-11 to 0-4 lead.
In an exciting climax to the first half, goals from Colum Sheanon and Anthony Sheridan cut Lancashire's half-time lead to three points, 0-14 to 2-5.
A third Cavan goal followed through Cillian Sheanon and when Sean Keating split the posts to level the scores, a hint of an upset emerged.
However, Kenny's cracker on 42 minutes plus a string of Crowley frees put paid to any lingering hopes of a shock home win.
Scorers - Lancashire: R Crowley 0-16 (15f); E Kenny 1-2; S Power 1-0; J Duane 0-2; N Unwin, S Duncan, D Crowley, JJ Dunphy 0-1 each. Cavan: J Sheanon 0-5 (2f); A Sheridan 1-0; Colm Sheanon, Cillian Sheanon 1-0 each; S Keating 0-2 (f); J Crowe, N Neary 0-1 each.
Cavan - D Sheridan 6; N Neary 7, M Hayes 6, M Moffett 5; R O'Hagan 6, P Sheridan 7, M Hynes 6; J Sheanon 7, S Keating 7; Colm Sheanon 6, K Conneely 7, J Crowe 6; Cillian Sheanon 6, A Sheridan 6, P Brady 6. Subs: C Kelly 5 for M Moffett (21); E Hill 5 for R O'Hagan (47); E Magee 5 for P Brady (67); D Crudden for M Hayes (72); L McKenna for A Sheridan (72).
Lancashire - P Coates 7; L Knocker 7, R Mullins 7, J Cleere 7; S Wallace 6, G Jacob 6, N Unwin 8; S Duncan 7, J Fitzmaurice 6; D Crowley 6, T Duane 7, JJ Dunphy 7; D Maskey 5, E Kenny 7, R Crowley 8. Subs: S Hannon 5 for E Kenny (66); S Power 6 for T Duane (69); J Patten for L Knocker (73); C Larkin for S Wallace (73).
Ref - C Mooney (Dublin).