Fast starting Cavan blasted into the Ulster SFC semi-final with a dramatic four point win over Monaghan at Kingspan Breffni Park
Mickey Graham recording his first championship victory as Cavan manager in the 1-13 to 0-12 win.
Cavan dominated the first half commanding a seven-point interval advantage, 1-8 to 0-4 as Malachy O’Rourke’s Monaghan were caught cold in the opening exchanges.
Conor Brady set the scene as he sent over a Cavan point inside 19 seconds and the gap was six after just seven minutes.
Niall Murray added a second Cavan point, but the game was set when Martin Reilly dispatched a penalty to the bottom left corner of the net after a foul on Conor Madden.
Conor Madden slotted over a points to make it 1-3 to no score after just seven minutes.
Frees from Rory Beggan and Conor McManus in the 10th and 11th minutes finally got the shell-shocked visitors up and running, but Gearoid McKiernan’s superb strike had the gap back at five points with 15 minutes played, 1-4 to 0-2.
Monaghan appeared to get to grips with the game but were guilty of a series of wides before Niall Murray showed them how with a tidy fifth Cavan point twelve minutes from the break.
McManus swung over his second free with Gearoid McKiernan immediately replied before Conor Rehill raided put seven between the teams.
With 13,496 looking on, McManus pulled back another free in first-half added time but Madden replied with a great point following a pinpoint, defence-splitting Martin Reilly pass.
McKiernan free increased Cavan’s lead to eight at the start of the second half but Monaghan replied with quickfire points from McManus, Shane Carey and Beggan (‘45’).
Dara McVeety fisted Cavan’s 10th point with Conor McCarthy repling with a nice finish on the run. Shane Carey’s second had Monaghan back within four going into the fourth quarter.
Ryan Wylie sent over the next Monaghan point but full back Faulkner got on the end of a great move to knock over a timely and much-needed Cavan score 1-11 to 0-10.
With Conor Moynagh black-carded, Conor Boyle cancelled out Faulkner’s high-quality effort with an impressive strike from a narrow angle.
With Monaghan desperate for an equaliser, Gearoid McKiernan steadied himself to spear over the insurance point with just six minutes left.
Christopher Conroy and Kieran Hughes exchanged injury-time frees as Mickey Graham’s charges recorded a first in the championship over their neighbours in 18 years.
Cavan: R.Galligan, McLoughlin (K.Brady 70+3), Faulkner, Moynagh (J.Brady black card 59), Smith (Conroy 54), Clarke, Rehill, C.Brady, McKiernan, Reilly, McVeety, Murray, Kiernan (Ciaran Brady 46), T.Galligan (Smith 65), Madden (Mackey 56)
Scorers for Cavan: Gearoid McKiernan 0-4 (0-2 frees), Martin Reilly 1-00, Niall Murray 0-2, Conor Rehill 0-1, Conor Madden 0-2, Padraig Faulkner 0-1, Dara McVeety 0-1, Christopher Conroy 0-1 (0-1 free), Conor Brady 0-1.
Monaghan: Beggan, D.Wylie, Boyle, R.Wylie, O’Connell, Walshe, McKenna (McCarthy 30), Kelly, Hughes, Ward (O.Duffy 64), Malone (K.Duffy HT), Carey, McAnespie, McManus, O’Hanlon (Bannigan 54)
Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-4 (0-3 frees), Rory Beggan 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 45), Shane Carey 0-2, Ryan Wylie 0-1, Conor Boyle 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-1, Kieran Hughes 0-1.