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There's no doubt that the Championship is the premier competition and what we should be aiming for.
However the League offers us the platform to improve because we are playing against the best teams in the country.
These games can only bring the team on and if we learn to compete with the better teams then the Championship fixtures will not seem as daunting.
So, for me, theses league games are extremely important for the team and will be a huge help to the team going forward.

Cavan_Slasher (Cavan) - Posts: 10253 - 22/03/2017 16:07:55    1970028

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Replying To fredflint:  "Maurice Deegan"
Maurice Deegan
fredflint (Cavan) - Posts:744 - 22/03/2017 15:00:31 1970003


Now would you want him in the middle this Sunday or not as Cavan people ???

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 22/03/2017 18:01:18    1970082

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Replying To seanorinn:  "Maurice Deegan
fredflint (Cavan) - Posts:744 - 22/03/2017 15:00:31 1970003


Now would you want him in the middle this Sunday or not as Cavan people ???"
Definitely not.

blueman1903 (Cavan) - Posts: 838 - 22/03/2017 18:55:14    1970099

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Replying To blueman1903:  "Definitely not."
He's not the worst.

It's hard to think of a ref who hasn't been hard on us in recent years. Deegan has been one of the best for a number of years.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4702 - 22/03/2017 21:42:01    1970174

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Replying To cavanman47:  "He's not the worst.

It's hard to think of a ref who hasn't been hard on us in recent years. Deegan has been one of the best for a number of years."
He has been very hard on us down the years. Watch him closely Sunday.

blueman1903 (Cavan) - Posts: 838 - 22/03/2017 22:19:54    1970194

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Armagh 2013.... Deegan is good by me!

JonSmith (Cavan) - Posts: 1451 - 23/03/2017 00:08:37    1970235

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Replying To Western Blue:  "Can it be that we haven't beaten Kerry in a National League or Championship game since our last win 70 years ago in the Polo Grounds.
I have some recollection of a Cavan win in the 1970's in Breffni Park against Kerry but it may have been a challenge match or the opening of a new pitch. A good few of the winning All Ireland Junior Team would have tasted success against Kerry a couple of years ago played last week end.
Anybody know Jimmy Magee's telephone number!!!"
Opening of terry Doyle park maybe?? Anyone??

Dr.who (Cavan) - Posts: 24 - 23/03/2017 03:02:14    1970247

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Replying To seanorinn:  "I was impressed with how we held ball for last three minutes in injury time and ran clock down. And an Ulster final is much bigger than staying in division 1. It's all about championship.
doratheexplorer (Cavan) - Posts:829 - 21/03/2017 16:00:26

You have got to be joking. League starts and ends first this is why no one should even be thinking of Ulster. Please don't mention the McKenna cup. Once Cavan have secured their position in division one we can then start to entertain Ulster but no point in getting to an Ulster final if you leave it behind you so by getting good competitive football right now will stand to all the players and the county going forward."
We didn't actually hold the ball for last 3 mins. We kicked it in for a 50/50 ball where mayo won it and had a perfect opportunity to counter attack as everybody was out of position.. Nearly gave me a heart attack.

Dr.who (Cavan) - Posts: 24 - 23/03/2017 03:54:25    1970248

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Replying To Awwwwnow:  "Well there wasn't much emphasis put on the championship this past few years."
Still banging that drum. Thank god for Terry Hyland, the best thing to happen to Cavan football in the last 10 yrs. brought pride back to the county!

Dr.who (Cavan) - Posts: 24 - 23/03/2017 04:05:50    1970249

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Replying To doratheexplorer:  "So your on about another year in Division 1 helping us have a crack at Ulster Champ. So therefore you acknowledge that the Championship is a more important competition?"
Oh man,this is painful. How about staying in division 1 and having a good crack at the championship every year.

Dr.who (Cavan) - Posts: 24 - 23/03/2017 04:11:28    1970250

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Replying To blueman1903:  "He has been very hard on us down the years. Watch him closely Sunday."
He has been very hard on us down the years. Watch him closely Sunday.
blueman1903 (Cavan) - Posts:354 - 22/03/2017 22:19:54 1

I agree with you blueman1903 from what I have seen of him he has done Cavan no favors at all so let's hope he is fairer this coming Sunday. I don't know what's Kerry's opinions are of him it would be interesting to hear to see if they balance each other out.

The Quiet Man (Cavan) - Posts: 4601 - 23/03/2017 09:12:54    1970273

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Replying To Dr.who:  "We didn't actually hold the ball for last 3 mins. We kicked it in for a 50/50 ball where mayo won it and had a perfect opportunity to counter attack as everybody was out of position.. Nearly gave me a heart attack."
We held it more or less. Went for a shot at end which was turned over but full time whistle went.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - Posts: 1467 - 23/03/2017 21:18:39    1970543

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Replying To doratheexplorer:  "We held it more or less. Went for a shot at end which was turned over but full time whistle went."
tried a shot before that too which was blocked and luckily came back to us.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5496 - 24/03/2017 07:33:26    1970592

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Moving off how many minutes and seconds we held the ball for in the last few minutes against Mayo, I am thinking about the starting team for Sunday assuming everyone from last week is fit and naturally we already know that Faulkner is out.

I would be inclined to keep things as they were. Certainly the back line does not need any attention. The only question for me would be should we persist with Johnston in the forward line or should we instead give perhaps Joe Dillon a start and let Madden drift out - which he did to good effect last Sunday. I don't think that Mattie will make any wholesale changes and we need to have consistency in selection - by that I mean that Gearoid, Clarke, Dunne, McVeety, etc staying in the middle. I really enjoyed the experience in Castlebar last weekend and I really don't think we are out of place in division one. We can hold our own here and hope that we can give Kerry a right good battle on Sunday. The psychology of these lads needs to be that they can win. Last Sunday they won in Castlebar, Monaghan went down to Kerry and beat them, so why can't we on our home turf!

Best of luck to the lads. I'll be there with bells on!

Reformation (Cavan) - Posts: 356 - 24/03/2017 09:17:01    1970604

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Moving on......................so whats the general outlook for this weekends game? one thing can be certain if Cavan turn over Kerry that'll be a major boost to survival, but it is a major challenge. this could be a defining game for this squad

theweanling (Cavan) - Posts: 414 - 24/03/2017 09:50:16    1970616

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Sean,

How has the pitch survived the recent weather, will be very heavy going?

kildare blue (Cavan) - Posts: 578 - 24/03/2017 10:28:44    1970632

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Replying To kildare blue:  "Sean,

How has the pitch survived the recent weather, will be very heavy going?"
Christ, what is it with Cavan people and their obsession with wet land !?

MadgeKing (Cavan) - Posts: 489 - 24/03/2017 12:04:56    1970661

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I can't see how you can justify dropping any of the starting 15 for this weekend.

Johnson is still capable of kicking a score, and our poor shooting in the first half almost had us buried against Mayo.

The ball doesn't tend to stick with Madden as a target man, so if we're playing direct ball in, we need to move him out the field. I thought mcvitty drifted inside very well a couple of times, including for the goal.

1 major improvement I hope to see is some a strategy for the kickout- the backs have to move to create space!

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4702 - 24/03/2017 12:23:32    1970669

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Could somebody confirm the throw in time of Cavan/Kerry game on sun. It was suppose to be 2pm. Wednesdays Indo has it down for 3PM.

Virginiablue75 (Cavan) - Posts: 27 - 24/03/2017 13:13:56    1970689

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Replying To cavanman47:  "I can't see how you can justify dropping any of the starting 15 for this weekend.

Johnson is still capable of kicking a score, and our poor shooting in the first half almost had us buried against Mayo.

The ball doesn't tend to stick with Madden as a target man, so if we're playing direct ball in, we need to move him out the field. I thought mcvitty drifted inside very well a couple of times, including for the goal.

1 major improvement I hope to see is some a strategy for the kickout- the backs have to move to create space!"
Well I suggested one change and that was Johnston. He didnt do much wrong but found himself dropping deep to get on the ball. I think Dillon looked bright and McKiernan said in his post match interview that he is flying in training. Otherwise I am happy with the team. Agree that kick outs need to be secured and look, if we are there or thereabouts with 15 minutes to go then all bets are off!

Reformation (Cavan) - Posts: 356 - 24/03/2017 13:56:54    1970701

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