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Its a 1:30pm throw-in for the Ulster football semi-final between Cavan v Down, we have live score commentary and starting team news.
Cavan added to their usurping of Monaghan with a win over Antrim last weekend. Now, they face Down in the Ulster semi-final. The Mourne man were victorious against Fermanagh in their quarter-final on Sunday. Both of these sides have made it to Ulster finals in recent years. Last season, Cavan made it to the decider but lost to Donegal. Likewise, Down played the 2017 final against Tyrone but came out on the wrong side. Now, one of these teams is guaranteed to contest the Anglo-Celt Cup again.
After their famous win over Monaghan, Cavan returned to action against Antrim last weekend. Initially they made the game hard work for themselves. Antrim were well set-up defensively. But, even when Cavan got a look at goal they were slow to take their chances. 6 wides in the first half saw them enter the break a point down.
Antrim stuck to their system in the second half, showing great discipline. In the third quarter they threatened to steal a goal that would leave Cavan with a lot of work to do. But, Ray Galligan came to Cavan’s rescue again.
Then, in the final stages Antrim finally ran out of steam. Cavan showed the benefit of having already played a Championship game and they finished strongly. After leaving it late twice now, Mickey Graham will be keen to get his team off the mark quickly in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, Down came up against a similarly stubborn Fermanagh team. Both teams adopted big defensive blocks in this fixture and the scoreline was evidence of this. Goals were never really on offer in the first half and long-range shooting proved beneficial. There was never more than one between the teams as Down went into the break 0-7 vs 0-6.
There was always a sense that one goal could open the game up. Caolan Mooney was the one to offer up such a chance. After a bursting run he left the Fermanagh defence stretched. As a result, Daniel McGuinness found space at the back post and palmed it into the empty net.
Fermanagh had no reply from there and Down’s forwards continued to tack on the scores. Barry O’Hagan scored 0-4 from play in an impressive display that will leave him full of confidence.
The experience of winter Championship aided Cavan in their last game. However, they now enter their fifth game in five weeks. With heavy ground under foot, fatigue may play a part, especially after going for more than 90 minutes against Monaghan.
Otherwise, Down are fresh and ready to take on Graham’s men. Their strong finish against Fermanagh was an excellent display of their firepower. At the same time, they showed great patience and discipline to break down a stout Fermanagh defence.
The game is live on BBC Northern Ireland.
Down are 4/6 favourites with Paddy Power. Cavan are the opposite at 6/4 and a draw is 15/2.
Prediction: Down. Cavan proved capable of providing an upset already and have been underestimated in Ulster before. But, five games in five weeks is a lot in these circumstances and Down may just have the extra legs coming down the stretch.
Facts and Figures
This will be their first Ulster championship meeting since 2007 when Down won a prelimi nary round tie by four points. They met in the All-Ireland qualifiers two years ago when Cavan won by two points.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2018: Cavan 1-14 Down 0-15 (Qualifier Round 2)
2007: Down 0-15 Cavan 0-11 – Replay (Ulster preliminary round)
2007: Down 3-8 Cavan 2-11 – Draw (Ulster preliminary round)
2006: Down 1-13 Cavan 0-11 (Ulster preliminary round)
2004: Cavan 3-13 Down 2-12 – Replay (Ulster quarter-final)
*Cavan beat Monaghan (2-15 to 1-17 after extra-time) and Antrim (0-13 to 0-9) to reach the semi-final. Down beat Fermanagh by 1-15 to 0-11.
*Cavan, who lost to Donegal in last year’s Ulster final, are bidding to reach the final in suc cessive years for the first time since 1968-69.
*Down were last in the Ulster final in 2017. They haven’t won the title since 1994 while Cavan’s last success was in 1997.
Ulster Championship Semi-Final: Cavan vs Down, Sunday, 15th November, 13:30 (Athletic Grounds).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) November 10, 2020
It’s the first round of the Ulster Football championship, Monaghan v Cavan, Clones, start time 1.15pm – We have live score commentary updates.
Monaghan vs Cavan is the opener for what is easily the most competitive of the Provincial Championships. Last year, the same fixture threw up an upset as Cavan prevailed. Now, following the relegation to Division 3, Cavan are underdogs again. But, Monaghan are not exactly carrying form into this game. Hence, it could be an exciting tie to kick off an exciting Championship.
In round 7 of the National League, a draw with Meath was enough to see Monaghan survive in the top Division. In what was an up-and-down League for the Farney men, they will be content as they head into knock-out football. The Meath draw was preceded by a loss to Kerry. But, Seamus McEnaney will have told his side that if they were to lose, that was the time to do so.
2019’s defeat to Cavan in the Ulster Championship will be at the front of McEnaney’s mind. The loss shook the team who went on to lose to Armagh in the qualifiers. Now, he will be relying on his talisman Conor McManus to lead from the front. Thankfully for McEnaney, McManus is finding form at the right time. He scored 1-08 against Meath and 0-05 the week before against Kerry in just 35 minutes.
Cavan need to show mental toughness
On the other hand, Cavan will be wishing they had another week to prepare for this fixture. Last year’s trip to the Ulster final seems like a long time ago now in light of their new Division 3 status. Two losses since the restart will need to be quickly forgotten about by Mickey Graham’s men.
Graham admitted his side “got what we deserved” after failing to get a result against Roscommon. In fact, a win on the day could have seen Cavan finish in the promotion spots. But, Division 2 was the tightest of the four and, true to form, the loss saw Cavan fall to 7th. Graham continued to confess nerves among his team before the game.
If Cavan are to replicate their victory from last season, they need to quickly make peace with their League result. In the Championship there will be no time to wallow in self-pity. In particular, the Ulster Championship will be a gruelling one on its own. Beginning in the preliminary round only adds to the challenge.
Paddy Power rightfully have Monaghan at 3/10 favourites. Cavan are 10/3 and a draw is 8/1. The game is live on Sky Sports.
Ulster Football Championship Preliminary Round: Monaghan vs Cavan, Saturday, October 31st, 1.15pm (Clones).
— @monaghangaa (@monaghangaa) October 26, 2020
Monaghan plays Meath @ 2pm Sunday 25th.
Monaghan vs Meath is a chance for both of these teams to bounce back from defeats before the start of the Championship. Monaghan lost to Kerry last weekend, while a spirited Meath team fell to Dublin.
Meath (Monaghan): Marcus Brennan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, David Toner; Cathal Hickey, Shane McEntee, Donal Keogan; Bryan Menton, Ronan Jones; Jason Scully, Bryan McMahon, Ronan Ryan; Cillian O’Sullivan, Shane Walsh, Thomas O’Reilly.
Subs: Andrew Colgan, Eoin Harkin, Gavin McCoy, Matthew Costello, Brian Conlon, Ethan Devine, Joey Wallace, Jordan Morris, James Conlon, Donal Lenihan, Darragh Campion.
Preview and Live Score Commentary for Monaghan vs Kerry who kick-off proceedings. Taking place at 2pm on October 24, the game marks the return of inter-county football after almost a seven-month absence.
The game is an important one for both teams. Therefore neither will have much time to dust off the cobwebs. Monaghan sit sixth in the table. Currently, they are safe from relegation but with just two games to go they need to pick up points somewhere along the way. In contrast, Kerry remain in contention to win the League. They are just a point behind Galway at the top of table. Hence, a win in their final two games will put all the pressure on the Connacht team.
For Monaghan, victories over Mayo and Tyrone were cancelled out by losses to Galway and Donegal. However, an impressive draw to five-in-a-row All-Ireland winners Dublin has their heads above water. Likewise, Kerry drew with Dublin in GAA headquarters last January in a thrilling League opener. Since then, only a loss to Tyrone has blemished their record.
Last year’s League and Championship runners-up Kerry will have one eye on their Munster Championship semi-final on the 8th of November. Despite their promising position in the League, they will hope to go one better than last year’s final replay defeat. With that in mind, Peter Keane could use his remaining two League fixtures to experiment. For example, Dr. Crokes’ Tony Brosnan was used in the League earlier in the year and could be given another chance to impress.
Meanwhile, Monaghan will have to hit the ground running. Their Championship campaign begins on October 31st at home to Cavan. This comes after back-to-back League outings. With the Club Championship all wrapped up, Seamus McEnaney has a full contingent to choose from. Scotstown players Rory Beggan, Darren Hughes, and Conor McCarthy will be on a high from their Championship win.
Allianz National League Division 1: Monaghan vs Kerry, Saturday October 17, 2pm (Inniskeen).
— The GAA (@officialgaa) October 7, 2020
Monaghan – R Beggan (0-1); D Wylie, C Boyle (0-1), K Duffy (1-0); K O’Connell (0-1), R Wylie, M Bannigan; D Hughes, N Kearns (0-1); R McAnespie, C McCarthy (1-3), D Ward; D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus (0-6). Subs: J McCarron (0-2) for D Malone, C Walshe for D Wylie, S Carey (0-1) for M Bannigan, C McGuinness for C McManus, P Keenan for N Kearns.
Mayo – R Hennelly; P O’Hora (0-1), O Mullin (0-1), L Keegan; S Coen, M Plunkett, P Durcan; D O’Connor (0-1), A O’Shea; F Boland, R O’Donoghue (0-1), J Flynn (0-1); K McLoughlin (0-3), D Coen (0-3), J Durcan (0-1). Subs: T Conroy for F Boland, K Higgins for J Durcan, P Towey (0-1) for D Coen, C Loftus for R O’Donoghue, E O’Donoghue for M Plunkett.
Referee – A Nolan.
R Beggan; K Duffy, C Boyle (0-1), R Wylie; K O’Connell (1-0), D Ward (0-1), M Bannigan; D Hughes, N Kearns (0-1); R McAnespie, C McCarthy (0-4), D Malone; J McCarron (0-1), K Hughes (0-1), C McManus (0-2). Subs: A Mulligan (0-1) for J McCarron, C McGuinness for M Bannigan, S Carey for C McManus, D Wylie for C McCarthy, P Keenan for K O’Connell.
N Morgan (0-1); H P McGeary, R McNamee, L Rafferty; P Harte, R Brennan, F Burns (0-2); C Cavanagh, C Meyler; K Coney (0-1), N Sludden (0-1), K McGeary; D McCurry (0-3), M Bradley, R O’Neill (0-1). Subs: C Kilpatrick for R O’Neill, N Kelly (0-1) for R McNamee, T McCann for P Harte, D Mulgrew (0-1) for C Cavanagh, M Cassidy for K Coney, B McDonnell for F Burns.
Referee – D Gough.