Cavan Comeback See’s Off Down

Cavan reached the Ulster final for the second year in succession following a 1-14 to 1-13 win over Down at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

A second-half resurgence saw Mickey Graham’s men come out on top having trailed 1-9 to four points at the interval.

Down made the stronger start leading 1-2 to no score after just four minutes thanks to a brace of points by Jerome Johnston and a goal from Cellium Doherty.

Cavan eventually got off the mark in the 12th minute when Stephen Smith slotted over a free but still found themselves six points in arrears.

19 minutes later another point from Jerome Johnston stretched Down’s lead to ten points before a score each from Killian Brady and Gearoid McKiernan saw Cavan eight points down at the break.

Cavan were a rejuvenated side in the second half and seven minutes into the second half, the margin was halved thanks to a penalty goal from Martin Reilly.

Down led by the same margin at the second water break before Cavan made a magnificent comeback

The Breffni men hit seven successive points to lead by a goal at the end of normal time.

Conor Madden and Gearoid McKiernan each scored two points in the final quarter while Thomas Galligan, Killian Clarke and Thomas Edward Donohue were also on target.

Cavan have now reached back-to-back provincial finals for the first time since 1969 where they’ll now play Donegal.

Donegal’s quest for three in a row is still alive following a 1-22 to 13 points win over Armagh yesterday.