Cavan bow out at first hurdle in Omagh
Paul Fitzpatrick at Healy Park
Cavan surrendered their Ulster title in disappointing fashion at Healy Park this afternoon.
After being relegated to Division 4 for the first time in the county’s history, Cavan came into this match as huge underdogs but their performance for the first half-hour belied that status as they matched the Red Hands in all departments.
However, Tyrone, for whom Darren McCurry kicked a brilliant 0-10, began to stretch ahead just before half-time, kicking five points in succession to lead by 0-11 to 0-7 at half-time.
Cavan’s first-half scorers were Oisin Pierson, Thomas Galligan, Gerard Smith and Gearoid McKiernan (0-4, 2f).
Cavan were all at sea in the first five minutes of the second half as the hosts struck for 1-1, McCurry with his eighth point and sub Brian Kennedy walking in a goal after a well-worked move. From there, Tyrone could do as they liked; Cavan briefly threatened a comeback, with sub Conor Smith doing well, but the home team were always in control.
Full report to follow.
Cavan: Raymond Galligan (0-1f), Killian Clarke, Padraig Faulkner, Cian Reilly, Brían O’Connell, Killian Brady, Jason McLoughlin, Thomas Galligan (0-1), Conor Moynagh, Gerard Smith (0-1), Gearoid McKiernan (0-6, 4f), Oisin Kiernan, Oisin Pierson (0-1), Oisin Brady, Martin Reilly
Subs: Chris Conroy for T Galligan (20, temp, reversed 22), Luke Fortune for Reilly (30), Conor Madden (0-1) for Moynagh (ht), Conor Smith (0-2) for O Brady (ht), Conor Brady for M Reilly (46), Conroy for Pierson (55), Niall Murray for K Brady (temp, 62), Bradley for R Brennan (69)
Tyrone: Niall Morgan, Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Padraig Hampsey, Rory Brennan, Michael O’Neill, Peter Harte (0-1), Matthew Donnelly, Conn Kilpatrick, Kieran McGeary, Richard Donnelly (0-1), Conor Meyler, Darren McCurry (0-10, 3f, 1m), Paul Donaghy (0-1), Niall Sludden (0-2)
Subs: Mark Bradley for McCurry (temp, 4 mins), Brian Kennedy (1-0) for R Donnelly (temp, 35), Tiernan McCann for McGeary (ht), Cathal McShane (0-3, 1f) for Donaghy (47), Frank Burns for Sludden (60), Ben McDonnell for McKernan (70)