Monaghan and Cavan couldn’t be seperated

Monaghan and Cavan could not be seperated in castleblayney as they finished 0-07 apiece in their Allianz Division One league derby clash this afternoon. Cavans Gearoid McKiernan fired over an equaliser for the Breffini County with still 11 minutes of normal time remaining in the low scoring encounter.

Conditions were difficult and both sides struggled in the swirling wind and cold weather to find the target. Cavan enjoyed much the better of the opening half but were guilty of wasting possession with seven efforts short in Rory Beggan’s hands and another six wide of the mark. At the half time interval the Ulster rivals were level at 0-3 apiece, Cavan had gone two clear with 18 minutes on the clock through Seanie Johnston and Niall Clerkin. Monaghan were finding it hard to break down Cavan but three in a row from Conor McManus between the 24th and 26th minute including two frees and a point from play had them a point clear.

Ciaran Brady levelled for Mattie McGleenans side but on the resumption the Farney army improved and McManus and Kieran Hughes moved them in front. Next up was Johnston with two and one a piece from Conor McCarthy and Fintan Kelly, this kept it a two point game entering the final quarter. Conor Madden cut the deficit before McKiernan struck on 59 minutes to level matters.  Both sides had chances to snatch the full points but none could deliver ensuring neither team’s supporters would enjoy the bragging rights.  Both sides return to action in two weeks’ time with Monaghan having amassed a win and a draw and Cavan so far getting a draw and a defeat.

After the match Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan spoke with Shannonside Northern Sounds Damien Donohue

Following the full time whistle the Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke spoke with Shannonside Northern Sounds Alan Gunn.