Thursday 17 October 2019

Donohue's point earns Cavan replay

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Played on June 20, Cavan, the reigning All-Ireland champions, led Cork by eight points before being hit with a Rebel avalanche which almost secured victory in an exhilarating struggle.

Cork's recovery took them into a one-point lead late on before Cavan made a last desperate bid for salvation. It came in the form of a pointed free, calmly converted from 50 yards by full-forward Peter Donohue. The replay was delayed until after the championship, eventually being played on October 24 when Cavan, who retained the All-Ireland title with a one-point win over Mayo in September, ran out easy winners by 5-9 to 2-8.

It crowned Cavan's best ever season which they ended as All-Ireland and league champions, having won the latter for the first time.

In the drawn league final Cavan led 2-9 to 1-4 in the second half before Cork hit back with a goal by full-forward Jim Cronin and a string of points to take the lead. But Donohue's late equaliser saved the day for Cavan.

Cavan – D Benson; B Doonan, B Cully, P Smith; OR McGovern, JJ O'Reilly, S Deignan; T Tighe, P Brady; PJ Duke, M Higgins, JJ Cassidy; J Stafford, P Donohue, TP O'Reilly.

Cork – M O'Driscoll; J Murphy, W Murphy, C Crone; C Power, T Crowley, D Connors; N Ryan, F O'Donovan; D O'Donovan, N Duggan, C McGrath; J Lynam, J Cronin, J Ahern.

Irish Independent

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