Monday, March 03, 2008

NFL - Dublin 1-09 Cavan 0-07

Six points from the 1st 3 games for the Dubs but the 5 point margin suggests an easier ride to victory in Kingspa Breffni Park than that experienced. On a night of strong winds & driving rain, the Dubs were forced to take the field without Stephen O'Shaughnessy who was injured earlier in the week. Cavan started off strongly taking a 5 point to one lead in jig time. With Seanie Johnston to the fore for Cavan the Dublin full back line were in difficulty before finally aking control. In truth the Dublin forwards were also wasteful missing some early 'easy' scores. Up stepped Mark Vaughan to give a sublime performance kicking some superb scores including a brilliant 45 froma tight angle in appaling conditions to see the sides level 5 all at half time.
The 2nd half saw Cavan take an early lead but this would be there last time in front. And when Jayo put Aln Brogan on goal, a foul on the Dubs captain saw his soccer style kick hit the post before brother Bernard kicked the rebound to the net. Bernard finished the night with another score to see the Dubs home. The night aso allowed Ciaran Whelan run coming on for the last 15 minutes for the outstanding Eamonn Fennell who had picked up a knock. A special mention for Derek Murray who put in a very competent performance in a very unfamiliar position. A good night on the road for the Dubs and top of the table before the home tie against Monaghan.

DUBLIN – Stephen Cluxton; David Henry, Ross McConnell, Derek Murray; Philip McMahon, Paul Casey, Colin Moran; Eamonn Fennell (Ciaran Whelan(55)), Shane Ryan (Declan O'Mahony (70)); Bryan Cullen, Alan Brogan (Paul Flynn (65)), Mark Vaughan (0-04); Brendan McManamon (0-02) (Conal Keaney (0-02) (45 mins)), Bernard Brogan (1-01), Jason Sherlock.

CAVAN – J Reilly; M Hannon , P Reilly, K Fannin; D Sheridan, R Flanagan (L Mulvey (70)), A Forde; D McCabe, M McKeever; M Reilly, M Lyng, R Donohoe (N Madden (65)); S Brady, J O’Reilly (J Cunningham (55)), S Johnston.

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