Mickey Graham rued referee’s Anthony Nolan decision to allow Mayo’s injury time first half goal stand.
Mayo took a one goal lead into the break thanks, to Evan Regan’s after Matthew Ruane’s shot for a point dropped short and Regan contested the ball with goalkeeper Raymond Galligan.
“My first impression was it was a free out” Graham told Northern Sound Sport, having watched his side lose out 1-13 to 11 points in Elvery’s McHale Park.
“I thought it was a free out and I turned around thinking that. I turned back around to see the referee had given the goal!”
“My first impression that Raymond had the ball in his hands and then he was bundled into the net” declared a frustrated Graham.
“It was a big deciding factor and take that goal out of it there was only two points in the game.”
“It was the breathing space, they had the whole way through” explained the Cavan boss who has now seen his side lose their opening three Allianz league games.
“In fairness they were able to bring really experienced players as well, while we’re giving young lads a chance” added Graham admitting Cavan have some work to do.
“We’re annoyed with ourselves and the lads are annoyed with themselves, because they knew they gave too much ball away”
“At this level you get punished so it’s a thing that you have to learn very quickly.”
The win saw Mayo move to the top of Allianz League division one table, while Cavan have yet to register a point this season.