Cavan stun Longford with late goal

Cavan snatched a dramatic, last gasp victory over Longford in the Leinster Junior Football Championship semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park when Martin Reilly rifled home the matchwinning goal in the final minute to give Cavan a one-point victory.

Cavan snatched a dramatic, last gasp victory over Longford in the Leinster Junior Football Championship semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park when Martin Reilly rifled home the matchwinning goal in the final minute to give Cavan a one-point victory.

Longford had looked the most likely winners for the majority of the second half after Robbie Smyth grabbed a goal off a rebounded shot from Padraig Gill.

After 40 minutes, Longford led 1-7 to 0-6 and looked to be fully in control. However a 46th minute Martin Dunne goal threw Cavan a lifeline.

Longford steadied the ship after that blow and appeared to be successfully seeing out the game as it entered the closing stages. However, goalscorer Robbie Smyth was sent-off for lashing out after a challenge and then came the killer blow of Cavan’s last minute strike.

LONGFORD: P Collum, B O’Farrell, F Battrim, G Ghee, A Rowan (0-1, ‘45), M Mulvey, S Lynch, C Quaine, J Kane, G Dennigan, B McKeon, P Gill (0-3), R Smyth (1-3, 1f), D Reilly (0-1), JJ Matthews (0-2, 1f).

Subs:- D Mimnagh for M Mulvey (34 mins); D Cooney for S Lynch (41 mins); R Keogh for C Quaine (48 mins); K Burke for G Dennigan (51 mins).

CAVAN: J Farrelly, D Tighe, D Barkey, F Slowey, E O’Connell, J Hayes, K Brady, S Gaffney (0-1), B Murray, C Conroy, M Reilly (1-1, 1f), K Fannin, O O’Connell (0-1), B McKeirnan (0-1, free), M Dunne (1-4, 4f)

Subs:-C McClarey for B McKiernan (28 mins); D Sexton for K Brady (ht); D Tiernan for O O’Connell (50 mins); P O’Connor for K Fannin (60 mins).

Referee: N Ward (Westmeath)