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Cavan face relegation play-off after last gasp Tipperary defeat

Jun 25, 2022 17:06 By Dave Hooper
Cavan face relegation play-off after last gasp Tipperary defeat Cavan face relegation play-off after last gasp Tipperary defeat
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Cavan face relegation play-off after last gasp Tipperary defeat

Emma Morrissey scored 2-4 including the winning injury-time penalty to seal Tipperary’s place in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship for 2023

Cavan will now head for the relegation play-off after losing out 2-6 to 1-8 to Tipperary.

Morrissey found the top-corner with aplomb after her teammate Angela McGuigan was fouled in the penalty area in the 62nd minute at Kingspan Breffni.

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Cavan were left shell-shocked at the death and now face a relegation decider to see if they too can avoid the drop to the intermediate ranks.

Tipperary scored their first goal in the 14th minute when midfielder Marie Creedon combined with late call-up Róisín Howard to put the influential Morrissey through for a well-taken goal.

Morrissey’s first strike propelled the visitors into a 1-2 to 0-2 advantage and wind-backed Cavan struggled to eat into that cushion.

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Lauren McVeety’s free-taking saw the hosts hang-in. A long-range McVeety effort helped cut Tipperary’s interval lead to a very manageable two points, when Cavan trailed by 1-4 to 0-5.

The majority of the play remained around the middle third of the field. Poor shooting, a difficult to judge wind and a greasy sod conspired to produce a dogged duel seemingly beset with nerves and tension.

The game seemed to be Tipperary’s to lose but six wides by the visitors in the third quarter had Cavan breathing a huge sigh of relief.

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The Ulster outfit nabbed a lifeline in the 48th minute when Geraldine Sheridan was fouled but Lauren McVeety’s penalty was saved by Tipperary goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick, before being hacked clear.

McVeety made up for her miss in the 51st minute when she fired home low past the advancing goalkeeper, following a storming run by Geraldine Sheridan through the heart of the visitors’ defence.

However, Tipperary had a sting in their tail, saving their best until last with Morrissey scoring the resulting penalty and Cavan left to dwell over a relegation play-off.

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Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; E Kelly, L Spillane, E Cronin; Nora Martin, Niamh Martin, C O’Dwyer; M Creedon, A O’Shea; C English, A McGuigan, R Howard; E Morrissey, L O’Shea, M Murphy.

Sub: S Ryan for L O’Shea (47), N Towey for Murphy (51).

Scorers: E Morrissey 2-4 (3f); L O’Shea 0-1, M Creedon 0-1.

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Cavan: E Brady; K McIntyre, S Lynch, E Longair; S Greene, L Fitzpatrick, M Sheridan; N Byrd, A Deneher; N Keenaghan, L McVeety, A Walls; A Cahill, G Sheridan, A Gilsenan.

Subs:  C McCaffrey for Walls (41); A Reilly for Cahill (55).

Scorers: L McVeety 1-4 (3f); C McCaffrey 0-2; N Keenaghan 0-1, A Greenan 0-1.

Referee: Declan Carolan (Down)

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