Browne strike sinks Cavan
Sean Browne's goal midway through the second half was enough for Longford to open their league campaign with a two-point victory at Michael Fay Park.
Browne's strike was the first score of a tight second period, and it gave the midlanders a three-point advantage -- the sides had been level at 0-7 to 1-4 at the interval.
The free-taking accuracy of Bernard Gaffney kept Cavan in contention throughout: the centre-forward finished with an impressive tally of 1-7, all from placed balls.
Declan Tanner, though, was in similarly lethal form for the home side, the Offaly native contributing 0-8 from full-forward.
His scores ensured that Longford were able to keep their visitors at arm's length and hang on for victory.
Scorers -- Longford: D Tanner 0-8 (0-8f), S Brown 1-0, M Cassidy 0-2, C Egan 0-1. Cavan: B Gaffney 1-7 (1-7f), E Hill 0-2.
Longford -- P Cullen; B Stakem, T Stakem, C Finucane; R Donnellan, S Hannon, R Ryland; M Coyle, S Stakelum; C Egan, S Browne, J Lynam; J Newman, D Tanner, M Cassidy. Subs: J Minnock for M Coyle (39).
Cavan -- M Curry; D Neary, M Carr, A Sheridan; B Devine, C Nelligan, A Nelligan; P Sheridan, G Brennan; J Rosney, B Gaffney, C Brennan; K Downes, M McEntee, M O'Connell. Subs: E Hill for MO'Connell (24), D Sheridan for M Curry (38).
REF -- D Mageee (Down).