We have live score commentary GAA updates from Cavan and London as they kick-start a busy day at Croke Park, when they meet in the first of three final round qualifiers at 3 o’clock.
The Breffni men last played in the championship in Croke Park in an All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry in 1997, while London will take to the field for the first time in their history. A significant step on the road to improvement for both teams!
The championship hype continues in the Breffni County after a stunning victory over Derry in Celtic Park last weekend. Cavan were the smarter and more clinical team who used possession cleverly to come out with a 5 point victory after extra time. Killygarry clubman Martin Reilly was key for the Cavan men and popped up with some wonderful scores when the game was in the melting pot. He will take watching in the open spaces of headquarters.
They did however go out of the game in the midfield sector once David Givney went over on his ankle early on. However, the Mountnugent man did come back on the field of play in extra time. He is a central figure and they will need him to start this weekend. Substitutions were central to Cavan’s victory last weekend with Michael Argue, Dara McVeity and Mark Mckeever great additions once introduced. This showing us a panel with strength in depth.
Upfront, Martin Dunne will have been disappointed with his performance as the more physical teams seem able to cope with his versatility. Nonetheless, the major asset that this Cavan team have is that there is no over-reliance on any one player. Martin Reilly and Eugene Keating performing well last day out when Cian Mackey and Martin Dunne were having off days.
London will have been disappointed with their performance in the Connaught Final last weekend where they just had no finishing possess. Former Cavan player and Butlersbridge man Lorcan Mulvey is their standout performer. Goals were key in Mayo’s victory and London will need to strengthen their defence to combat another onslaught this time around.
They will give Cavan a good game and won’t be afraid to use their physical advantage this weekend. Much discussion has been had during the week over London’s defeat and how the Connaught final was the pinnacle in their championship campaign thus far. Their manager Paul Coggins however will settle this team and while a six day turnaround is quick after such a heavy defeat, they will be up for tomorrow’s game.
Cavan will prevail however and become the first qualifier team to book their place in this year’s quarter final. Ulster football looking solid again with a strong possibility that four of the eight teams in next week’s quarter finals will hail from the province. Terry Hyland’s men will in truth see this as a chance to get a run out in Croke Park before next weekend’s quarter finals, where they will face a much sterner test. A run around they will saviour.