FL2: Cavan put Laois to the sword

February 16, 2020

Cavan's Thomas Galligan and Kieran Lillis of Laois. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Cavan 3-10

Laois 1-6

Two goals from substitute Stephen Murray helped Cavan to an impressive victory over Laois in this afternoon's rescheduled Allianz Football League Division 2 clash at MW Hire O'Moore Park.

On a dreadful day for football, the Breffni County picked up from where they left off against Westmeath a fortnight ago to make it two wins on the bounce. 

Mickey Graham's men were favoured by the elements in the first half, but trailed by 1-3 to 0-4 after 23 minutes with Eoin Lowry netting for the hosts following a goalmouth scramble.

Cavan's Stephen Murray finishes to the Laois net in the closing stages. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

But Cavan dominated the remainder of the half to take a 1-8 to 1-3 lead into the break. Points from Bryan Magee, Oisin Pierson and Gerard Smith put them in front before an Evan Doughty goal, which clipped the upright on the way in, left them in control at the interval.  

The momentum remained with the visitors after the restart when half-time substitute Stephen Murray made an immediate impact by scoring their second goal. Magee tagged on another point from a mark before Laois' hopes of mounting a comeback were dealt a blow when Raymond Galligan saved Gary Walsh's penalty.

Murray raised his second green flag near the end to wrap up the win for a Cavan side who, after a shaky start to the year, are suddenly feeling a lot better about themselves.

Cavan - R Galligan (0-1f); M Reilly, P Faulkner, K Brady; G Smith (0-3), C Brady, O Kiernan; T Galligan, C Conroy; L Fortune, B Magee (0-3, 2f, 1m), E Doughty (1-0); O Pierson (0-3), G McKiernan, J Smith. Subs: S Murray (2-0) for L Fortune, C Madden for C Conroy, L Buchanan for J Smith, P Gilcreest for E Doughty, S Smith for B Magee.

Laois - N Corbett; B Byrne, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; S O'Flynn, R Pigott, P O’Sullivan; J O’Loughlin (0-2), S Byrne; M Keogh, C Murphy, E Lowry (1-0); M Barry (0-1f), K Lillis, E O’Carroll (0-3, 2f, 1'45). Subs: D O'Connor for M Keogh, T Collins for B Byrne, R Munnelly for C Murphy, G Walsh for S O'Flynn, D Whelan for E O'Carroll.

Referee - N Cullen.

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