Cavan’s footballing renaissance at underage level took another giant step forward last Sunday as the Breffni county swept aside the challenge of Armagh to claim their first minor title in 37 years.
The Ulster outfit, spearheaded by a joint management team of Gowna duo Dermot McCabe and Gary Donohoe, eased to a three point success over their much fancied Orchard County rivals in what was a frenetic encounter in Clones.
Boosted by the availability of Arva’s, Ciaran Brady and Kevin Boucher and Gowna half forward Andrew Dewart, Cavan raced into a five point lead after barely ten minutes of play.
That said, Armagh hit back in devastating fashion by hitting an an unanswered 1-6 to lead by four going into the break.
But if Armagh appeared to hold all the aces at half time, it was an altogether different affair thereafter as Cavan kept their Ulster counterparts scoreless for the remainder of the contest with Cavan eventually emerging three point victors, courtesy of 0-12 to 1-6 winning margin.
Giving his reaction to members of the press immediately afterwards, joint manager Dermot McCabe was staying typically level-headed. He said his side were never overawed by their opponents , claiming a semi final win over Tyrone just two weeks earlier had paved the way for Sunday’s title triumph.
“It’s a long time coming so I suppose it’s not too bad for us but ‘88 is a long time since we played in a final and ‘74 was when we won it. We didn’t talk about how long (it had been since last winning an Ulster title). If we had have done that we wouldn’t have beaten Tyrone or Armagh so it is a great result,” he grinned.
Next up for McCabe and the newly crowned Ulster Minor champions is an All-Ireland quarter final date with Galway at Pearse Park on Saturday July 30 (throw in, 3pm).