Cavan team manager Terry Hyland was delighted his team won a tough derby against Longford to secure promotion, with two games still remaining in this Division 3 campaign.
A Martin Dunne penalty proved decisive in a battling performance, marred by cards galore and wayward shooting. Despite Longford having edged the first half, Hyland's team came into their own for the first 20 minutes after the restart and saw out a two point win, 1-09 to 0-10.
Fellow table-toppers Roscommon come to Breffni Park on Sunday week, before Cavan complete their league fixtures away to Limerick. Terry will have ample opportunities to prepare for the League Final in Croke Park [April 26], ahead of their opening Ulster Championship match against Armagh in the Athletic Grounds [June 8].
“It [promotion] was our main target for the league and that’s what we had set out our stall for. We were lucky enough to achieve promotion today [Sunday] on the back of other results, and from that point of view it’s good. The league is not finished and have two more games left.”
Hyland was critical of his team’s finishing: “I thought our shooting was probably the worst we had, very Jekyll and Hyde in the finishing stakes. Again at the end of the day it’s about the result and being consistent. We have been consistent in the competition, winning five games out of five and hopefully when the league is over we’ll have all our games bagged.”
Longford manager Jack Sheedy was disappointed with his side’s performance: “The end result was we made too many mistakes and Cavan capitalised on most of them and made us pay for it. It’s a tough one for us to have to take because I thought we had performed very well in the first-half.”