Cavan see off Fermanagh in dour encounter

The Cavan team who defeated Fermanagh at Brewster Park last Sunday.
Cavan are just 70 minutes-plus away from a place in the Ulster SFC final following a workmanlike but hardly impressive victory over a less than fired-up Fermanagh last Sunday at Brewster Park.

Cavan are just 70 minutes-plus away from a place in the Ulster SFC final following a workmanlike but hardly impressive victory over a less than fired-up Fermanagh last Sunday at Brewster Park.

In truth, this time around, Cavan’s success in winning their championship encounter owed much more to the collective rather then individual brillance of star forward Martin Dunne and, to a lesser extent, his chief co-conspirator Eugene Keating who followed up his fine display against Armagh by notching three points.

Cavan led by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time, but Fermanagh were much more aggressive and physically combative on the restart.

Fortunately for all of a blue hue, Cavan went onto seal the deal with Dunne splitting the posts from a free after Niall McDermott was sent tumbling heading for goal just into added-on time.

Fermanagh: C Snow; J Woods, B Cox, D Kelly; D McCusker (0-1), R McCluskey, M O’Brien; R Jones (0-1), M McGrath (0-1); C Quigley, S McCabe, E Donnelly (0-1); P Ward, S Quigley (0-1), T McElroy.

Subs: T Corrigan (0-2) for Ward (29); D Kille (0-4, all frees) for C Quigley (half-time); S Lyons for McGrath (52); B Owens for S Quigley (66).

Cavan: C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Dunne, K Clarke; J McEnroe, A Clarke, R Flanagan; D O’Reilly, D Givney; C Mackey (0-1), J Brady, F Flanagan; N McDermott (0-2, one free), M Dunne (0-5, two frees), E Keating (0-3).

Subs: D McKiernan for McEnroe (28); M Reilly (0-1) for Brady (inj, 42); T Corr for McKiernan (51); N Murray for McDermott (72).

Ref; Cormac Reilly (Meath)