Players from both sides queue up to contest the kickout with Gearoid McKiernan claiming the prize on this occasion. Photo: Adrian Donohoe

Cavan aim to keep campaign on the up

Markievicz Park, Sligo

Sunday, March 6, 2pm

Sligo v Cavan

Cavan could take a major step towards promotion to Division 3 this weekend as they face Sligo away.

Last Sunday’s five point victory over Carlow, means Cavan are the only remaining Division 4 team with a 100% record. The 2020 Ulster champions sit on top of the Division 4 table with superior point difference and a game in hand over 2022’s surprise package London.

While manager Mickey Graham admitted there were lessons to be learned from their somewhat patchy display last weekend, he will be buoyed by some excellent first half passages of play, how they eventually finished off their opponents, and the inspirational form of Player of the Match Gearoid McKiernan.

Cavan were originally fixed to travel to Sligo two weeks ago, but the match was postponed due to stormy weather rendering Markievicz Park unplayable. This weekend had initially been left free for all Division 4 teams, which provided an opportunity for the fixture, and also the postponed Wexford v Tipperary game, to be played.

Sligo’s promotion aspirations took a dent with a surprise four point defeat away at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Sligo’s first slip up in the League season also marked Tipperary’s first win.

Graham acknowledged the importance of the trip west:

“It’s a big game,” he told the Celt. “Sligo will be disappointed after the result last night. It’s a huge game now and whoever gets a result there will be set up nicely going into the last three league games.”

Those final trio of games come in successive weekends and will see them host a rejuvenated Tipperary (Sunday, March 13), venture to London (Sunday, March 20), and close their campaign at home to Waterford (Sunday, March 27).