Cavan make the trip west to face Mayo in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League, Division 1. Cavan suffered their third defeat of the campaign in Omagh against Tyrone last Sunday. The return of Killian Clarke and Seanie Johnston to the starting team are a welcome boost for Manager Mattie McGlennan.
“Killian was a bad miss in Tyrone last weekend. Padraig Folker was another man who we missed their influence. Seanie coming back from his injury. So look we are stronger this weekend”.
This game has a huge impact on the bottom of the table. A win for Mayo will see them safe. A defeat for Cavan and if other results don’t go there way could see them relegated. McGlennon is well aware of what this game means.
“A Mayo will probably see them safe and secure for the year. Mayo wouldn’t want to lose two games on the bounce. For us if we can get a win it leaves that door open for us and keeps us in the mix going into the Kerry game next weekend”.
Cavan found themselves three points up at half-time last week. However they only managed one point in the second half and lost by six points. There are many lessons to be learnt from that game, according to McGlennan.
“Our game management should have been better. They got a couple points after half-time, where we should have slowed the game down a bit. If you miss one or two opportunities at this level other teams are going to punish you. The learning curve we are going to take from these games will be a huge benefit for us come Championship”.
Mayo enter this game as hot favourites. They are 2/9 with some bookmarkers. This is something that isn’t of concern to Mattie McGlennan. He more focused on his own side. He is not focusing too much about the opposition.
“I can’t worry too much about Mayo. The attitude of the Cavan lads has been fantastic. Their training this week was brilliant. There challenging us as a coaching team and we are challenging them to build their performances. This week has probably been our best week in how we trained and how we prepared”.
Cavan know they need to take something from Castlebar on Sunday if they are to keep their hopes alive of playing Division 1 football in 2018. This won’t be an easy assignment against last year’s All-Ireland finalists.
Mayo v Cavan takes place at 2p.m. Sunday and there will be live coverage on Northern Sound.