It's 150 not out for Reilly

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While the result against Fermanagh didn’t go Cavan’s way, it was still a day to remember for Martin Reilly, who played his 150th senior match for the county.

The Killygarry clubman made his debut in 2007 and, he admitted, he never thought he would enjoy such a long career in the blue jersey.

“No, definitely not. I remember back then, talking to the likes of Jason O’Reilly, he played for so long and I never thought I’d be playing for Cavan for as long as he played,” said the 34-year-old.

“Did I ever think it wasn’t worth it? There were plenty of times. There were lots of disappointing days when you wondered was it worth it but I’m delighted I did stick it out and kept going. Last year’s Ulster Championship win was worth every second of it.”

Losing in Brewster Park means Cavan must pick up a victory against Longford in Kingspan Breffni this Saturday.

“It was very disappointing result but we knew it was going to be a tough, tight game coming down here, it always is. We were going to get nothing easy and we knew that but we still felt we should have had enough to get over the line and unfortunately we didn’t. It’s just very, very disappointing.

“Training and coming out here and playing a National League game is so different, so much tougher. There was no room for challenge games or anything like that so it was tough coming into it but I suppose it was the same for both teams.

“We’ll just have to put the heads down this week, we have a big game next week against Longford. There’s no room for error now, it’s a must-win game now next week.”

Meanwhile, in a busy weekend, the Cavan hurlers take on Louth on Sunday in Darver (2pm), the ladies footballers face Monaghan on Sunday in Clones (12 noon) and the senior camogie team are away to Antrim on Saturday (time and venue TBC).

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