Cavan Stay Alive After Roscommon Romp

Conor Madden’s two goals helped Mickey Graham’s Cavan to their first Allianz League win of the season at the expense of Roscommon.

Madden found the net either side of half-time with Martin Reilly finding Cavan’s third goal as Cavan secured two points and kept themselves in survival mode winning out 3-13 to 0-13.

Ian Daly opening the scoring for Roscommon after three minutes but Christopher Conroy, Niall Murray and a Jack Brady free gave Cavan a 0-3 to 0-1 lead.

Conor Cox got the first of five frees on 10 minutes, with Conor Madden restoring Cavan two point advantage three minutes later.

A second Conor Cox free and a Conor Hussey point levelled matters on 18 minutes as they gave went into end to end action.

Conor Madden and Niall Kilroy exchange points with Niall Murray giving Cavan a one point lead on 22 minutes.

A third Conor Cox free and Cathal Cregg’s point put Roscommon one ahead. Martin Reilly levelled before the break, with Cox restored the Roscommon lead a minute into injury time.

However the game swung as Connor Madden raced through for a Cavan goal four minutes into first half injury time, leaving the score 1-7 to eight points at the break.

A Donie Smith free and points from Cathal Cregg and Enda Smith moved Roscommon ahead before Conor Madden grabbed his second goal of the day on 44 minutes.

Roscommon lost Ultan Harney to a straight red card with 20 minutes remaining as Martin Reilly scored a third Cavan goal on 51 minutes.

Reilly, Conor Moynagh, Dara McVeety and Niall Murray all sent over Cavan points without reply from the Rossies. Darren O’Malley’s free on 62 minutes Roscommon’s last score of the game.

Gerard Smith and a Christopher Conroy free put the icing on the cake for Cavan who recorded their first win under Mickey Graham.

Cavan: Galligan, McLoughlin, Faulkner, Moynagh, Brady, Conroy, Rehill, Graham, Clarke, Reilly, McVeety, Murray, Clerkin, Brady, Madden

Subs: Smith for Rehill (44 mins), Galligan for Graham (44 mins), Smith for J Brady (52), Murray for C Brady (58), Mackey for Madden (63)

Scorers: Conor Madden 2-2, Niall Murray 0-3, Martin Reilly 1-2, Christopher Conroy 0-2 1f, Jack Brady 0-1 1f, Conor Moynagh, Dara McVeety, Gerard Smith all 0-1

Roscommon: O’Malley, Murray, C.Daly, McGrath, Hussey, N.Daly, R.Daly, O’Rourke, Smith, Kiloran, Harney, Kilroy, Cox, Devaney, Cregg

Subs: Smith for Kilroy (ht), Patterson for Kiloran (51), Lyons for Hussey (56), Fitzmaurice for Cox (64), Darcy for McGrath (67)

Scorers: Conor Cox 0-5 5f, Cathal Cregg 0-2, Donie Smith 1f, Enda Smith,  Ian Daly, Conor Hussey, Niall Kilroy, Darren O’Malley all 0-1