We have live score updates & team news as Cavan play Roscommon in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers. Throw in is at 6pm from Breffni Park.
Cavan were dumped out of the Ulster Championship early by Armagh and didn’t appear to have bounced back convincingly when they eked out a 1 point home win over Westmeath. In the league they were rather more impressive, topping Division 3, though they did lose in the final to Roscommon. The Breffni Men’s defense was impressively tight in their league campaign, conceding just 1-67; their attack was more problematic, they have scored just 5-113 in both league and championship.
Roscommon, of course, got the better of their Ulster opponents in the league final, but they have also arguably enjoyed a better Championship run. They swept Leitrim aside in the Connacht quarter-finals, before being last year’s All-Ireland finalists, Mayo bested them by just a point. It may be a worry that, not having played in the first round of the qualifiers, they have gone a month without match practise which may hinder them against a Cavan side who overcame Laois just two weeks ago.
Duel of the Game
Eugene Keating v Niall Carty
Cavan’s defensive tactics have tended to detract from the talents of their forwards, but opponents underestimate Keating at their peril. A point scorer of almost mechanical accuracy and an excellent ball winner, Keating will be key to Cavan’s attempts to pose the same threat that they did in the league.
Roscommon’s captain was a key part of their uncharacteristically impressive defensive showing against Mayo in the Connacht Championship. While Roscommon’s attack is their obvious strength, Cavan’s tight defense may work to stunt it, so the Rossies’ ability to counter the Ulstermens’ attack could be very important. If their defense is to perform well again, it will take Carty leading from the back.
CAVAN: Conor Gilsenan; Jason McLoughlin, Rory Dunne, Feargal Flanagan; Joshua Hayes, James McEnroe, Robert Maloney-Derham; Damien O’Reilly, Gearoid McKiernan; Michael Argue, Michael Lyng, Niall McDermott; Jack Brady, Eugene Keating, Martin Reilly.
ROSCOMMON: D O’Malley; N Carty, N Collins, S McDermott; N Daly, D Keenan, C Cafferkey; C Shine, K Higgins; D O’Gara, D Shine, R Stack; S Kilbride, C Cregg, C Murtagh
Form points towards a Roscommon win, but the spectre of the impact of their month long layoff throws some doubt over the result. It is a meeting between Cavan’s excellent defense and Roscommon’s impressive attack. Cavan’s defensive style requires their forwards to be on top form more or less all of the time, which they have not been so far in the championship. Unless Cavan can raise their game, Roscommon by 1-3 points at 13/5 looks a likely bet.
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