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Replying To doratheexplorer:  "We finally seem to be learning. Manager not making subs after a few minutes. Didn't give away scorable frees. McKiernan McVeety and Martin Reilly will rightly get all the plaudits. However also impresses with Gunner and Fergal Reilly. Galligans kick pass to Joe Dillon was an absolute delight."
James and Jack also Niall are training hard on recovery.

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 19/03/2017 21:48:19    1968805

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Good win today .. cavan i still think needs a center back and a few more forwards that can score .. g mc played very well today .. c moynagh did ok at times but still kicks the ball away alot .. in my opinion gerry smith was class he is so fit and great ball carrier .. mcveety played well .. kick outs are a problem at minute .. maybe brady from u21s will b in yet . ... anyone no wer the ramor lads are .. barkey mcenroe brady o connel and mcgee .. surely worth a look at

cavanlawd123 (Cavan) - Posts: 70 - 19/03/2017 22:27:13    1968826

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Brilliant win today from the lads showed great courage beating Mayo in their own backyard. The team shape was very good and I was delighted with the way we penetrated the Mayo defense at times. Massive performances from McVitty, GMac and also Killian Clarke who has been giving a lot of stick on this thread. To hold Cillian O Connor scoreless is no easy task. Fair play to Mattie and the lads but lets kick on now and get two more big performances to stay up.

Silverblue (Cavan) - Posts: 10 - 19/03/2017 23:37:39    1968871

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Replying To cavanlawd123:  "Good win today .. cavan i still think needs a center back and a few more forwards that can score .. g mc played very well today .. c moynagh did ok at times but still kicks the ball away alot .. in my opinion gerry smith was class he is so fit and great ball carrier .. mcveety played well .. kick outs are a problem at minute .. maybe brady from u21s will b in yet . ... anyone no wer the ramor lads are .. barkey mcenroe brady o connel and mcgee .. surely worth a look at"
Well done to all the lads yesterday some great performances.mcveetys kicking was great he kicked a few good ones v Donegal as well he didn't carry ball into tackles as much which was good. I taught management had a good game not as rash.

blueman1903 (Cavan) - Posts: 838 - 20/03/2017 07:51:51    1968907

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Well done to Mattie and the team on a great win. Hopefully we can now stay up as it's nice to be playing the top teams.
Cavan supporters came in great numbers to cheer on the team and they gave the team the lift when needed. i think we can give Kerry a good game next weekend. I don't like people writing off Roscommon as I fear the sting of a dying team.

marita (None) - Posts: 467 - 20/03/2017 08:16:30    1968909

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Replying To MadgeKing:  "I will kit out the U12s with a new set of Jerseys from the proceeds - with 'Miracles Do Happen' as the sponsor logo!"
your club U12's are a step closer to a new kit !!!!!

FrDougalMaguire (Cavan) - Posts: 152 - 20/03/2017 08:32:28    1968913

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Replying To bond:  "Just back from castlebar & delighted to get our first win of the campaign. Thought we started poor & took nearly 20 mins to get our first score from play but we grew in confidence from there onwards & the goal just before half time was a great boost. We worked extremely hard & as I posted yesterday I think our team is finally taking shape. Rory at full back, Killian back in the half back line, Gearoid mid field all played immense. Don't know why it took so long to get them in their correct positions but hopefully we have consistency now. Also smith & mcvitty very impressive. Might not be happy reading for some posters here but I think we went back to terry Hyland's style of play & the lads seemed a lot more comfortable. Would have to say I was disappointed with mayo & thought they lacked urgency throughout & only for Keegan & Kirby they were extremely average today. Congrats to the lads & management. Great vibes from cavan supporters after the game"
I totally agree with you on your point regarding the style of play. they played more or less the same as under Hyland and it worked very well. they looked comfortable and composed in the second half, I was also happy the way they closed t he game out in the last 3 minutes. it looked like they were the experienced team in that moment.
I have been critical of Cavan so far this year but nothing makes me happier than to see the lads put in a performance like that to remind me and a lot of others that there is footballers and hope. looking forward to next weekend and another championship game. it won't be easy but i wouldn't like to have Mayos run in either. hopefully our friends here in Ulster can do us a massive favour. On another note, last year Cavans season turned around at half time against meath, hopefully history is about to repeat itself

theweanling (Cavan) - Posts: 414 - 20/03/2017 09:27:23    1968926

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Replying To FrDougalMaguire:  "your club U12's are a step closer to a new kit !!!!!"
Anyone got the league tables please.

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 20/03/2017 09:53:23    1968937

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Replying To FrDougalMaguire:  "your club U12's are a step closer to a new kit !!!!!"
For the four devisions

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 20/03/2017 09:54:05    1968938

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I agree win many posters a fantastic win and a huge boost to the confidence within the camp. we delivered a performance in the second half. I watched it again last night and we were a bit clueless in the first half an in all honesty were really lucky to be in the game. we gave them far to much respect and space in that opening 35. I only watched yesterday and listened last week (so I aint no judge and jury) but it feels like we just meed to somehow come up with a more consistent performance over seventy minutes to actually show our through colours. a Cavan team in div 1 will always be punching above their weight but if they can produce the determination they showed in the second half then they might just earn the right. Shades of navan last year in terms that I just didn't see that second half coming.
I thought gunner and Fergal Reilly done really well. moynagh is a great footballer but he still needs tidying up in some aspects of his game. I couldn't really figure out exactly what Rory dunnes position was but it was probably his best performance sine prior to his injury. Mc vitty took some great scores but I suspect his conversion rate is not much above 50% which considering the amount of ball he gets onto could really do with improvement.
All an all we are in a nothing to lose scenario from here on in and hopefully we can carry on the execution of the game plan like the second half yesterday into the last two games and into the championship.
it amazing what a bit of confidence does for a side. the previous weeks there were murmurs that the team did not look fit enough but it certainly did not look that way yesterday

toolbox (None) - Posts: 68 - 20/03/2017 09:57:57    1968940

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Replying To seanorinn:  "Anyone got the league tables please."
Here you go Sean ! https://www.rte.ie/sport/results/gaa/2017/6098/tables/

FrDougalMaguire (Cavan) - Posts: 152 - 20/03/2017 10:49:00    1968973

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Well done to all concerned yesterday. I missed the game through work but saw the highlights last night.
Some great performances but still a bit of tightening up to do. We allowed Mayo forwards a lot of space in the first half.
This result should bring a bit of belief to the team and management but we will need to rise it another few notches if we are to get anything against Kerry. We seemed to revert back to defensive football but attack very fast yesterday. Maybe this is the way we should play the last two matches.
Well done all.

Cavan_Slasher (Cavan) - Posts: 10253 - 20/03/2017 11:04:36    1968987

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Replying To Cavan_Slasher:  "Well done to all concerned yesterday. I missed the game through work but saw the highlights last night.
Some great performances but still a bit of tightening up to do. We allowed Mayo forwards a lot of space in the first half.
This result should bring a bit of belief to the team and management but we will need to rise it another few notches if we are to get anything against Kerry. We seemed to revert back to defensive football but attack very fast yesterday. Maybe this is the way we should play the last two matches.
Well done all."
Absolutely it's the way we need to play. The speed of the transition from back to front is what sets the top teams from the rest.

Mackey was immense in that link role in 2013 and we looked like we were going places. Injuries hampered him and we never pushed on.

But yesterday, Gerry Smith was excellent in that role as was Martin Reilly. Rory Dunne chipped in and so did Madden when he came a bit deeper.

The real test will be whether or not we can still do it against a team who filter numbers back, which I expect Kerry to do and which we'll face throughout the ulster championship.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4702 - 20/03/2017 12:22:19    1969031

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Congratulations to the team and management yesterday on a terrific performance. Well worth the spin to Castlebar to witness that. It's been a steep learning curve this campaign and we've looked for a lot of the time naive and unsure of ourselves, but yesterday the team played with a maturity and self belief that Mattie alluded to after the Tyrone defeat. This was not a smash and grab either, we stayed with them throughout the game and they were the first to blink. Hopefully this win brings us on a bit and Division 1 gives us a confidence to take a big scalp in Championship. If you can't beat them in the League, you won't in the Championship.
Onto the game itself, there were some massive performances. McKiernan was brilliant, so too Dunne, McVeety and Gunner. I thought Killian Clarke got through some workload and really drove us forward. But for me Martin Reilly was MOM. He covered every blade of grass, was up in full forward line looking to get on the end of things, was in defense putting in tackles and crucial interceptions, kicking scores and his creativity and vision were a pleasure to see. Some of his kick passes were top drawer. There were no weak links yesterday really, everyone contributed.
Tactically we were for the most part very assured. It was clear we were happy to concede their kick out and stay compact at the back, force them to shoot from distance and to break at speed when turning them over. We really did struggle a lot on our own kick out again, especially first half. They had 12 men in our half for the kicks and there was no space to find our targets. Second half the wind helped and some terrific extra long kicks from Galligan reaped dividends and they had to rethink their strategy and this afforded us more space on the short kicks. But it is a worry for us going forward and we cough up a lot of silly scores that will undo us eventually. When we had the ball though we looked like a Division 1 side. We moved with speed and purpose, our kick passing, like the first half of Tyrone game was class. We varied it, went long when it was on, were patient when needed, and used the width of the pitch with the boot when some of the channels were blocked. This really stretched Mayo and we were quick to capitalize on the space created which is very encouraging to see. We were very very disciplined in our tackling too and a marked improvement on the last performance. We showed great character and mental strength too to see out the game which hopefully becomes a trait of this team going forward. It was clear to see some of our players were out on their feet with 15 to go but they broke through the pain barrier, kept going and didn't panic with the finish line in sight. The subs we brought on worked too and had a big impact on the win.
So where to from here. I don't buy the talk that Mayo are useless and won't win another game. I think they'll win at least one more unfortunately. We need to take the game to Kerry next week and look to get something from it. There is plenty of room for improvement too on yesterdays performance if you break it down and we will need to improve. I think if Mayo yesterday had Kerry's inside forwards we would have been in trouble. But at the very least we need to give Kerry a big run for their money. We've given ourselves a shot in the arm. Survival would be massive but relegation wouldn't be the end of the world if it happens as long as we take something positive from this campaign and don't go out without so much as a whimper. We've been to Division 1, we know what's needed and we know we can produce. We just need to get a bit more consistency and confidence but it's a great environment to be blooding underage players into. If we can keep it up, get some of the older lads back, bring a few good U21s through then Division 1 victories might not be such a rare thing.

Hardtimes (Cavan) - Posts: 1056 - 20/03/2017 12:38:30    1969041

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Replying To bond:  "Just back from castlebar & delighted to get our first win of the campaign. Thought we started poor & took nearly 20 mins to get our first score from play but we grew in confidence from there onwards & the goal just before half time was a great boost. We worked extremely hard & as I posted yesterday I think our team is finally taking shape. Rory at full back, Killian back in the half back line, Gearoid mid field all played immense. Don't know why it took so long to get them in their correct positions but hopefully we have consistency now. Also smith & mcvitty very impressive. Might not be happy reading for some posters here but I think we went back to terry Hyland's style of play & the lads seemed a lot more comfortable. Would have to say I was disappointed with mayo & thought they lacked urgency throughout & only for Keegan & Kirby they were extremely average today. Congrats to the lads & management. Great vibes from cavan supporters after the game"
"Might not be happy reading for some posters here but I think we went back to terry Hyland's style of play & the lads seemed a lot more comfortable.".. Well Bond you are 100 percent correct and i LMFAO and all of a sudden we are now playing better football in most peoples eyes..even though we are fundamentally playing the same system...my god how people get tarnished with brushes.

Anyhow savage result and we still need to get our shooting boots on. What Mattie has done is added to the players as part of the transition from defence to attack. Under Terry it was mainly the job of M Reilly and Mc Vetty who carried ball through midfield, now he has added young Smith and a few other when the need arises which gives us more options. They are also inclined to let it go a bit quicker than carrying it.

As for the centre half back position, as much as i would like a traditional setup where the centre half back mows anything that comes down the middle it has become way more dynamic. Clarke, Moynagh & even K Brady filled it at times yesterday. .. so its looks like whoever is nearest

In the second, K O'Connor free taking probably showed where Mayo are at and done us a favour. The one he kicked from under the stand into the wind was only a 20% chance tops..

ponger (Cavan) - Posts: 498 - 20/03/2017 12:59:26    1969059

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A great 5 days for Cavan football, with the under 21s win in Brewster last wed night and not forgetting the under 17s and Minors good wins in Armagh on sat in the Ulster League. Well done to all the players and management.

Virginiablue75 (Cavan) - Posts: 27 - 20/03/2017 13:57:36    1969090

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Replying To Virginiablue75:  "A great 5 days for Cavan football, with the under 21s win in Brewster last wed night and not forgetting the under 17s and Minors good wins in Armagh on sat in the Ulster League. Well done to all the players and management."
Some win for the U17s alright. That is some score to put up. Maybe Armagh are poor but those teams have consistently beat Dublin at U16 for the last number of years playing brilliant football so there has to be some real quality there.

Hardtimes (Cavan) - Posts: 1056 - 20/03/2017 14:08:08    1969096

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Replying To cavanman47:  "Absolutely it's the way we need to play. The speed of the transition from back to front is what sets the top teams from the rest.

Mackey was immense in that link role in 2013 and we looked like we were going places. Injuries hampered him and we never pushed on.

But yesterday, Gerry Smith was excellent in that role as was Martin Reilly. Rory Dunne chipped in and so did Madden when he came a bit deeper.

The real test will be whether or not we can still do it against a team who filter numbers back, which I expect Kerry to do and which we'll face throughout the ulster championship."
cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts:2391 - 20/03/2017 12:22:19 1


I would forget about Ulster right now as I stated way back when this topic started staying in Division should be the only thing on anyones minds once the league is over we then concentrate on the next hurdle which is Ulster ect. The win yesterday was brilliant and Mayo have a far harder job than Cavan to stay in the division as it stands. They have Tyrone and Donegal and we have Kerry and Roscommon if we can take three points from these two matches I would say we are safe and even two points might be enough. Fingers crossed we stay up it will be like climbing mount everest and Cavan will benefit by playing in the top tier while building a stronger team.

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 20/03/2017 14:58:04    1969125

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Its amazing what a week can do in football. Well done to the lads and management yesterday the whole county is smiling today.. You made us proud yesterday thats all we ask. Well done all.

asdfg (Cavan) - Posts: 296 - 20/03/2017 15:27:52    1969139

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There is the possibility of being relegated on Sunday if we lose to Kerry and Mayo win also. Also, one more point could potentially keep us up if Mayo lose their last 2. Cant wait for next Sunday but it will take a monumental effort to beat this Kerry team. But im enjoying this journey immensely and hope that we can do it!

Reformation (Cavan) - Posts: 356 - 20/03/2017 18:17:27    1969238

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