Andrews expects a close encounter

Cavan manager Val Andrews has affirmed that his squad are determined to divert their focus to their impending derby with Longford.

Cavan manager Val Andrews has affirmed that his squad are determined to divert their focus to their impending derby with Longford.

When speaking to the Leader, Andrews insisted that the heavy defeat they suffered at the hands of Donegal will not deter his side from preparing for the next fixture.

“Donegal were a quality side and they’re a division two team but you have to pick yourself up and move on,” he noted.

Val, who represents one half of the managing partnership with Terry Hyland, also added that training schedules have recommenced and that a proactive morale has resumed among the players.

He highlighted that in order for his team to evade the challenge of Longford they will need to incorporate ‘persistence, hard work and perseverance’ into their performance.

“We’re just looking at the Longford game for the moment and take things from there. The players are back with their clubs for a while now and then we’ll meet up again before the Longford game”.

He reiterated that having Longford as their next opposition poses a difficult test for his charges in consideration of Longford’s unlucky result against Laois.

“Longford are going to be a tough outfit to face. They should have beaten Laois and they’re an all round good and solid team.”

The Ulster side are forced to enter the game minus the services of Ray Cullivan. The mid-fielder was punished with a red-card sentence after he was cited for striking Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy but Andrews is confident that the others will compensate for his absence.

“I didn’t see the incident and it’s a huge loss but I know the lads will push on for Ray.”