Cavan are kings of Ulster again

Ulster SFC final

Cavan 1-13

Donegal 0-12

Paul Fitzpatrick at the Athletic Grounds

Cavan ended a 23-year wait for the Ulster SFC title with an extraordinary performance full of heart, determination and no little class to topple red hot favourites Donegal.

The two-time defending champions were unbackable favourites pre-match but Cavan were the better side and thoroughly deserved their win, overcoming some debatable refereeing decisions into the mix.

At half-time, Cavan were two in arrears, 0-9 to 0-7, having played against a slight wind.

In the second half, they kicked on. They led by the minimum at the second water break and a goal from Conor Madden late on put the seal on a magnificent performance and result.

The official Man of the Match award went to Thomas Galligan, one hero among a team of them.

Full report to follow.