A Crowd of 12,847 turned out at Breffni Park to watch a young Cavan side lose by six point to the 2011 Ulster Champions Donegal.
The attendance, the highest in the Preliminary round for three years, saw Terry Hyland’s Cavan side take an early 0-03 to 0-01 lead thanks to points from Jack Brady, David Givney and Eugene Keating, Rory Kavanagh responding for the 2011 Ulster Champions.
Donegal eventually found their rhythm with Colm McFadden and Mark McHugh both scoring to level matters.
Keating added his second of the afternoon to put his side at 0-04 to 0-03 with just over ten minutes gone however crucially for the home side that was to be their last score of the first half as Donegal showed their experience to take control of the game.
Full back Neil McGee levelled matters for Donegal before points from McFadden, Kavanagh and Leo McLoone put Jim McGuinness’s side 0-07 to 0-04 ahead.
With the game heading towards half time a long ball into the Cavan goal saw Killian Clarke foul Patrick McBearty to give McFadden a golden opportunity from the penalty spot, which he duly accepted to put Donegal 1-07 to 0-04 in front.
Donegal’s dominance continued after the break when McFadden took his tally for the day to 1-03 with another point to extend the lead to seven points. McHugh then added another as Donegal threatened to run riot.
Cavan eventually ended their wait for a score when they netted a point from the substitute Niall McDermott only for Donegal to move 1-10 to 0-05 ahead thanks to scores from Frank McGlynn.
Givney added his second and Cavan’s 6th of the day before Donegal added a couple of scores of their own to reconfirm their dominance.
A penalty from McDermott, the second penalty of the day, offered hope of a late fight back by Cavan however McFadden finished the game off for Donegal with two successive free’s before Keating capped a fine individual performance with two late scores to add some respectability to the score
In the end Donegal were good value for their 1-16 to 1-10 win and they will now play Derry in the Championship quarter-finals on Saturday, 16 June in what will be a repeat of the 2011 Ulster final
Cavan meanwhile will once again have to go through the qualifiers