The 2019 campaign came to end for the Cavan senior football team yesterday with a 16 points defeat to Tyrone.
Cavan manager Mickey Graham conceded Tyrone were worthy winners.
“No excuses, better team won.just didn’t happen for us today. Hugely disappointed for the players more so than anything else. We feel they are a lot better than that.
For what every reason it didn’t materialise for them.it’s going to be tough now after such a hectic Ulster championship and after a heavy defeat to Donegal and after suffering that today its not going to sit well with us”.
The former Mullinalaghta manager believes the Ulster-final loss was still affecting their performance.
“We probably haven’t shook off the Ulster final defeat. When you go into the qualifers the first game is always the toughest and when you get a win you build the momentum but we were still hungover from the Ulster final”.
The Ulster championship winner in 1997 is full of praise for Mickey Harte’s side
“They are a fine team.theyll take some beating. They’ve been around the block. They are streetwise. They have development and athleticism and have everyting going for them. They were in the All-Ireland final last year so they’ll not be far away again”.
Putting the game into perspective Graham says “Football is football,it’s the nature of the beast. While the defeat hurts today they have to remember days like today and when the good days come you’ll appreciate them more”.
When reflecting on his first year in charge which saw the side reach their first Ulster final in 18 years
“You’d Like to think you’ve made progress but it’s all about winning at the end of the day.
we have made the right steps in right direction and happy enough where we are going we have a long way to go let me tell you”
Tyrone start their Super 8 campaign next weekend.