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2024 Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cavan 0-17 Cork 0-16

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cavan defeated Cork by 0-17 to 0-16 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Saturday February 17th at Supervalu Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

14-man Cavan hold out for win as Cork slipping towards Tailteann Cup

Allianz NFL Division 2

Cork 0-16 Cavan 0-17

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Still winless, still pointless. A third straight league defeat has edged Cork closer and closer to Tailteann Cup football this summer and Division 3 League fare next spring.

14-man Cavan, having gone scoreless from the 52nd minute to the seventh minute of injury-time, claimed the two points on offer when sub Oisin Brady and top-scorer Paddy Lynch threw over back-to-back white flags deep, deep in second-half injury-time to push the visitors two in front.

Despite referee Brendan Griffin having signalled for six minutes of second-half injury-time, he allowed play to continue on and allowed Cork a chance to fashion a game-winning goal.

A foul on Matty Taylor just outside the 20-metre line presented sub Steven Sherlock with a free that was deflected over the crossbar in the last play on 79 minutes.

Under-pressure Cork were the first of the two teams to lose a man. Luke Fahy, black carded in the opening half, saw yellow on 44 minutes. At the time, the sides were level at 0-12 apiece.

Cavan immediately capitalised on their numerical advantage. Three Paddy Lynch frees, coupled with Lynch and Ciarán Brady white flags before the Fahy sending off, completed a Cavan five-in-a-row to move them 0-15 to 0-12 ahead on 52 minutes.

Problem for Raymond Galligan’s charges was that they’d not score again until the 77th minute. They also lost Padraig Faulkner during this period, the half black picking up a black on 64 minutes to go with his yellow from a few minutes earlier.

Cork, through a succession of dead-ball efforts from Mark Cronin and Sherlock, were able to get level on 73 minutes. They were not able, however, to maintain level footing.

Their failure to register a single second half point from play is not a pretty stat for a side in a deep hole to save their Division 2 status. The first-half, too, had not been overly convincing in front of the opposition posts.

Cork’s surging finish to the opening half – they kicked the last four points, including three in injury-time – went someway to compensating for four first-half goal chances not taken.

The first of this wasted quartet was by a distance the most clearcut. On 13 minutes, Ruairí Deane and Mattie Taylor combined to put Eoghan McSweeney in front of an empty goal. McSweeney, though, touched Taylor’s lofted pass against the crossbar.

Ian Maguire later saw his effort blocked, while in the case of Mark Cronin and Chris Óg Jones, both ended up with white rather than flags.

Cronin’s point on 22 minutes had Cork 0-7 to 0-4 in front. The hosts were temporarily operating with 14 at this juncture, Luke Fahy having been black carded four minutes earlier for dragging down Paddy Lynch.

It was the game’s second black card, Killian Brady shown the line on 12 minutes for needlessly blocking Brian Hurley.

Cavan’s most productive spell arrived after falling three behind. Their response was a four-in-a-row from Lynch (two frees and one play) and sub Conor Rehill to pull ahead on 33 minutes, 0-8 to 0-7. Cork’s favoured restart option of overloading the left flank struggled here, with the visitors stealing more than one opposition kickout.

A Chris Óg Jones pair – the second could easily have hit the net – returned the hosts in front. Colm O’Callaghan and Brian Hurley, teed up by his Castlehaven clubmate Rory Maguire, completed Cork’s sprint to the break for a 0-11 to 0-8 advantage.

That lead drifted from them in the third quarter and they were incapable of pulling it back.

Scorers for Cork: M Cronin (0-4, 0-2 45s, 0-1 free); B Hurley (0-2 frees), S Sherlock (0-3 frees) C Óg Jones (0-3 each); M Taylor, C O’Callaghan, B O’Driscoll (0-1 each)

Scorers for Cavan: P Lynch (0-9, 0-6 frees); C Madden, C O’Reilly (0-2 each); G Smith, C Rehill, C Brady, O Brady (0-1 each).

CORK: C Kelly; M Shanley, T Walsh, D O’Mahony; L Fahy, R Maguire, M Taylor; I Maguire, C O’Callaghan; E McSweeney, R Deane, B O’Driscoll; M Cronin, B Hurley, C Óg Jones.
Subs: S Powter for Cronin, F Herlihy for Deane (both 56 mins); S Sherlock for Hurley (59); D Cashman for Shanley (64); J Cahalane for McSweeney (70).

CAVAN: G O’Rourke; J McLoughlin, K Brady, O Kiernan; P Faulkner, N Carolan, B O’Connell; K Clarke, J Smith; C Brady, R O’Neill, R Donohoe; C O’Reilly, P Lynch, G Smith.
Subs: C Reilly for Kiernan (4-19 mins, temporary); O Brady for J Smith (24); C Rehill for B O’Connell (28-HT, temporary); C Madden for Donohoe, C Rehill for K Brady (both HT); C O’Reilly for T Madden (65); C O’Reilly for O’Neill (72); C Reilly for Carolan (75).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry).

Team News

Cork (SF v Cavan): P Doyle; M Shanley, D O’Mahony, T Walsh; L Fahy, R Maguire, M Taylor; I Maguire, C O’Callaghan; E McSweeney, R Deane, B O’Driscoll; M Cronin, B Hurley, C Óg Jones
Subs: C Kelly, K Flahive, D Cashman, S Powter, S Meehan, D Buckley, P Walsh, J Cahalane, F Herlihy, D Gore, S Sherlock.

CAVAN (AFL v Cork): G. O’Rourke; O. Kiernan, K. Brady, J. McLoughlin; P. Faulkner (j-c), N. Carolan, G. Smith; K. Clarke, R. Donohoe, C. Brady (j-c), D. McVeety, T. Madden; P. Lynch, J. Smith, R. O’Neill.
Subs: F. O’Rourke, C. Rehill, R. Brady, C. Reilly, B. O’Connell, P. Meade, P. Smith, C. Madden, O. Brady, Caoimhin O’Reilly, Cormac O’Reilly.


February 17
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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