Cavan 1-14 Kerry 1-10
Cavan are still in the playoff hunt after a hard fought win over Kerry on Sunday in the senior football championship. The game was played in a steady drizzle but that did little to quench the fight in either team as both fought to stay alive in the race for the title.
A dominant second half showing from the Breffni Boys was the reason for the win as they outscored their opponents 0-9 to 1-2 in the final 30 minutes.
The opening 10 minutes of the first half saw Kerry take a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. After Ian Davis pointed for Cavan with three minutes gone, Kerry replied with three straight points.
Paul Greaney cancelled out Cavan’s point straight from the next kickout. Dermie Foley drew a free a minute later when he was hauled down from behind after he beat his man to the ball. Barry John Walsh stepped up and slotted the free over. Kevin Walsh put his name on the score sheet when he had their third on 10 minutes.
Cavan replied in the best way possible with a brilliant move for an excellent goal. Kerry was on the attack, but a Cavan interception led to a counter attack as they had a two on one.
Davis soloed forward to draw the defender closer before fisting over his head and into the hands of Michael Boyle. The Galway senior didn’t miss as he easily slid the ball past Shane Clifford.
The goal had the much needed effect for Cavan as they soon doubled their lead to 1-3 to 0-3. Stephen Harold followed the goal with a brace as he sent over two excellent points. The full forward rode a number of heavy tackles on both occasions as he stayed on his feet to split the uprights on back to back moves.
Kerry had their best period of the game as the half wound down to the break. Vinnie Gavin and Kevin Walsh pointed just before the 20 minute mark, with McCarthy replying when he sent over a 20 yard free for Cavan, but the Kerry pressure continued as they rattled off another three scores.
Foley pointed from close range, while Barry Walsh had a long range 45 yard free. CJ Molloy’s point three minutes from time put the Kingdom back in front 0-8 to 1-4, but Cavan were able to respond just before the half as another McCarthy free to again tie up the contest with 30 minutes left on the clock.
It was Cavan who came out hot to open the second half. Two quick points arrived from back to back kick outs as McCarthy and brother Brian pointed inside of a minute. The lead was increased to three six minutes in when Gearoid sent over another short free.
Ten minutes into the half went down to 14 a side when both sides lost players after a small get together in the middle of the park. Cavan came out of it strongest with four of the next five points as they put a strangle hold on the game.
Gavin’s score for the Kingdom was met with a two from Brian McCarthy, both on the run and points from Boyle and Justin O’Halloran.
Cavan lost a selector with seven minutes on the clock when Eugene Kyne was adjudged to have interfered with the linesman. The long walk for the Manchester United Rooney jersey resulted. Lose a bet, pay the price.
Cavan were on the way to victory but had a late scare as Kerry mounted one final barrage. With five minutes to go, a quick Kerry free caught Cavan off guard as Gavin thumped the ball home after he was picked out by Paul Greaney.
Joe McKeown also had to make two very good stops after his introduction, Kerry continued to press, but they could only create one more point as the Breffni rearguard held firm.
Cavan will be delighted that their season is still in their hands. Joe McKeown was a revelation when he went to the nets for the injured Maurice Power. Kevin Cardin continues to excel at full back, while Paul Lamb and Ronan McGinley also had prominent roles.
Alan Carolan broke a lot of ball in the middle, with Paddy McCullough also excellent. Brian McCarthy, Gearoid McCarthy, Ian Davies and Michael Boyle were potent, with Brian having his best game in the Cavan shirt.
Kerry battled to the end with Kieran Quirke, Kevin Walsh, Dermie Foley and Vinnie Gavin in the second half their best performers.
Cavan: 1 Maurice Power, 2 Paul Lambe, 3 Kevin Cardin, 4 Kieran Martin, 5 Brendan Reilly, 6 Ronan McGinley, 7 Keith Cardin, 8 Paddy McCullough, 9 Alan Carolan, 10 Michael Boyle (1-1), 11 Brian McCarthy (0-3), 12 Tommy Warburton, 13 Ian Davis (0-1), 14 Stephen Harold (0-2), 15 Gearoid McCarthy (0-6). Subs: Justin O’Halloran (0-1) Joe McKeown.
Kerry: 1 Shane Clifford, 2 Niall Corbett, 3 Eoghan O’Mahoney, 4 James Huvane, 5 Ross Donovan, 6 Kieran Quirke, 7 Jonathon Lyng, 8 MJ Fitzgerald, 9 Darren Courtney, 10 Kevin Walsh (0-2) 11 BJ Walsh (0-3), 12 Vinnie Gavin (1-2), 13 Dermie Foley (0-1), 14 CJ Molloy (0-1), 15 Paul Geaney (0-1). Subs: Darren Moore.
Man of the match: Brian McCarthy (Cavan).
Referee: Sean Jones.
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