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Hard to find any fault with that Cavan performance… they battled gamely to the end… Donegal got two very fortunate goals while Patton pulled of a remarkable save to deny James Smith just before half time… Winning Division 4 beating Antrim and putting in an excellent performance in the semifinals was what was generally expected from this team and we were not disappointed… I think we should now regroup and there is no reason a squad of this quality can't go on and win the Taltainn Cup… We know the type of teams that are in it and we should be able to beat any of them…

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 736 - 08/05/2022 18:20:19    2415649

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Replying To ForeverBlue2:  "Hard to find any fault with that Cavan performance… they battled gamely to the end… Donegal got two very fortunate goals while Patton pulled of a remarkable save to deny James Smith just before half time… Winning Division 4 beating Antrim and putting in an excellent performance in the semifinals was what was generally expected from this team and we were not disappointed… I think we should now regroup and there is no reason a squad of this quality can't go on and win the Taltainn Cup… We know the type of teams that are in it and we should be able to beat any of them…"
Agree with that sorry for the players as they gave their all hope they regroup and go out and win the Taltainn cup as they deserve it and it will bring them on a bundle maybe unearth a couple more players for next season.

[email protected] (Cavan) - Posts: 111 - 08/05/2022 19:00:17    2415663

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Replying To an_cearrbhach:  "Unlucky today, a very close game for the majority and a gutsy performance put in from the lads, 2 poor mistakes for the goals conceded, a stonewall penalty being denied in the first few minutes didn't help things either but a lot of positives to be taken from today. Paddy Lynch was superb, definitely the kind of player we've been lacking in recent years. Thomas Galligan put in a serious shift, thought the Gunner was very solid on McBrearty too"
Agree mostly with that…. If Mc Kiernan had held the pass Lane would have had no choice but give the penalty but loosing the ball made Lane's decision easier for him… but the same tackle from behind out the field would nearly always end up in a free… Our second half performance didn't match the first but that's not a negative it generally happens to all teams.. I think we must surely have better options for our 2 corner forward positions… Thomas Ed for one

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 736 - 08/05/2022 19:09:07    2415666

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Played well. Good performance. Used the quick ball into the forwards well in the 1st half and got some nice scores and unlucky for a peno.
As I said previously route one football the long ball into the full forward line yielded Donegal both goals.
Still happy enough and if we regroup we could do well in the Tailteann cup.

Breffni1969 (Cavan) - Posts: 190 - 08/05/2022 19:24:36    2415678

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Excellant performance today very unlucky poor goals killed us really showed what this team is capable off hope it shuts up the fair weather supporters on here who claimed 2020 was a fluke and they now show Mickey and the team the respect they deserve, If we can find two corner forwards Mcvitty and one other we could have some team

breffnibluewhite (Cavan) - Posts: 187 - 08/05/2022 19:31:51    2415689

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A hard defeat to take and ultimately really feel for the management team and players. So many positives for the future of cavan football all the same. It was a really measured tactical performance with some excellent skills on show both in forward and defensive play and on kickouts. We played with positivity and no fear of donegal who are a serious outfit. Unfortunately the inability to manage 2 mis-hit shots cost us for the goals and the game was gone from us but I really think it was a step in the right direction as a team. I really hope we back this management team going forwards and continue to improve starting with a target to bring home the tailteann cup. A word of mention to paddy lynch with an excellent performance from a young man who had obviously been targeted as our main threat but delivered under pressure.

Bluehead (Cavan) - Posts: 6 - 08/05/2022 20:28:26    2415726

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Positive performance, disappointing result. Just not clinical enough in front of goal. Small margins exposed by teams league positions.
We totally outplayed Donegal in the first 35 minutes but they managed to go in level with us at half time. I felt we needed to be at least 3 points up after dominating them to have any chance but we gifted them some easy frees.

Overall a missed opportunity.

Out of interest, how are other posters feeling about this "tailteann cup" thing? Personally I have no interest, but what do others think?

Cavan_Shambles (Cavan) - Posts: 571 - 08/05/2022 21:11:31    2415745

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Thought Cavan played well today and were unlucky to lose by 6 points. We need to build on this performance and go all out to win the Tailteann cup . Great to be back at a game in Clones with great support .

marita (None) - Posts: 466 - 08/05/2022 21:16:04    2415747

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excellent performance. not much in it. Our difficulty with scoring goals hurts us again . To be fair Donegal took their goals well so deserved the victory. another player might have gathered ball and got blocked or smothered up, he hit it first time which was the right thing to do so not lucky.
Some really good performances all round from Cavan which belied our lowly league status. It will be interesting to see how seriously we take this new competition. I suppose it's up to the players but It would be nice to see them give it a go. Paddy Lynch has been a great addition to the team and it's good to have the 2 big lads back on form: James Smith and Thomas Galligan.

s goldrick (Cavan) - Posts: 5483 - 09/05/2022 07:59:26    2415764

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2 absolute comical goals cost us yesterday, rewatching it on the Sunday game they looked even worse than live at the pitch. For the first goal 3 of them jumped for the ball ( I don't think Murphy even went for it?) and between the 3 of them they done the only thing they shouldn't have done. The less said about the second goal the better. We had some wonderful performances yesterday, James Smith, Paddy Lynch, Thomas Gallighan and Gearoid were all excellent, but we're still carrying too many players.

IamADragon (Cavan) - Posts: 271 - 09/05/2022 08:15:59    2415765

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Replying To Cavan_Shambles:  "Positive performance, disappointing result. Just not clinical enough in front of goal. Small margins exposed by teams league positions.
We totally outplayed Donegal in the first 35 minutes but they managed to go in level with us at half time. I felt we needed to be at least 3 points up after dominating them to have any chance but we gifted them some easy frees.

Overall a missed opportunity.

Out of interest, how are other posters feeling about this "tailteann cup" thing? Personally I have no interest, but what do others think?"
We're in it, and without being cocky I think we're the best team in it. We're the bookies favourites so its a chance to see how we handle that tag; it seemed like a bit of a burden in Div4 but hard to gauge where a team's training intensity is at week on week in the league. I'd like to see us go and win it. Prove we're better than what we'll meet in Divisiin 3 next spring. More games is always a good thing.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4682 - 09/05/2022 08:36:45    2415769

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Replying To ForeverBlue2:  "Agree mostly with that…. If Mc Kiernan had held the pass Lane would have had no choice but give the penalty but loosing the ball made Lane's decision easier for him… but the same tackle from behind out the field would nearly always end up in a free… Our second half performance didn't match the first but that's not a negative it generally happens to all teams.. I think we must surely have better options for our 2 corner forward positions… Thomas Ed for one"
Yea agree with most of what's being said here. Very good performance in the first half. It's very difficult to keep that high tempo, high pressure system up for a full 70 minutes. I disagree about the two lads lined up corner forward though. I think we have better traditional corner forwards but the two lads were not playing that role. I though Cormac Reilly was being deployed more in the transitional phase of the game, and Cian madden was playing a similar role to the role he played in the league. I think they played their roles well and emptied the tank .Smith and lynch were left inside. Both of the lads inside played very well. I think that tactical decision was emphasised by the sub selection, Martin Reilly came on for Cormac Reilly and I think Oisin Kiernan was on for madden. Neither natural inside forwards in my opinion. I thought Caoimhin Reilly coming on for gunner was a needed roll of the dice to try get a few scores, but with the three lads inside and Donegal dropping men to defend the lead left it very congested inside. Overall I was happy with the performance, disappointed the two goals came of miskicked high balls into the square, but that's football. Hopefully there will be interest in the tailteann cup from the lads and we can push on and win it!

BigEZ (Cavan) - Posts: 23 - 09/05/2022 09:02:17    2415778

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Replying To Loughduff Lad:  "You're calling for our best playmaker, who plays running football, to be stuck on the square. Come on now

Have you sat behind a dugout on a big game recently? I have, and you'd want to hear the chat and organisation on every play. From calling 4-3-4 on kickouts, to calling the press, to when to force things or when to slow it down. Players are being moved constantly on and off their markers as the conditions change during a game, some tire and so on. Just a flat "stick a big man on the square and have another play off him" doesn't fly anymore. Might for a few minutes here or there but the game is so fast moving now, that it's constantly changing all over. You get away with a play like that here or there, but not as a main tactic, especially against high ranked teams"
Loughduff Lad
I hope you see now the benefits of having a big man in the square and kicking the ball into him. Might sound an outdated tactic but it DOES work!

Breffni1969 (Cavan) - Posts: 190 - 09/05/2022 09:55:20    2415801

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It was nip and tuck until we conceded that comical first goal…. Murphy didn't even go for the ball but we had 3 players fighting for possession against each other.. Galligan had a full view of things and should have taken charge of things… It's almost impossible to win a game like this when you can't get a goal and this has been a big problem for years now… For all the tactics the old style high ball into the square caused the biggest problem for both teams…. a great fetch by Smith but why players don't shoot low when in on goal is beyond me… Overall a good performance against a decent team but on yesterday's showing Donegal will hardly be good enough to win an All Ireland….

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 736 - 09/05/2022 10:14:34    2415812

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Replying To cavanman47:  "We're in it, and without being cocky I think we're the best team in it. We're the bookies favourites so its a chance to see how we handle that tag; it seemed like a bit of a burden in Div4 but hard to gauge where a team's training intensity is at week on week in the league. I'd like to see us go and win it. Prove we're better than what we'll meet in Divisiin 3 next spring. More games is always a good thing."
I'd agree we are definitely the best team in it, on paper anyway.

Think we showed yesterday that we have some real talent in our ranks.

We just don't have that tradition of playing at a high level and beating high standard opposition. Man for man I think there is little between Donegal and ourselves, they just have know how, more belief, and more history of playing at a higher level, and all these things count. Even though we stifled them for most of the first half yesterday, their game management saw them go in level at half time. That comes from experience.

There is a world of difference between playing the likes of Mayo, Kerry and Dublin each Spring as compared to the Leitrims and Londons of this world.

However, there is undoubtedly talent in our team that should be pushing for div 1 status. I'm just really disappointed that we can't get over the line in these games, because we are definitely capable of achieving a lot more.

Ned_Stormcrow (Cavan) - Posts: 1050 - 09/05/2022 10:14:45    2415815

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Replying To Ned_Stormcrow:  "I'd agree we are definitely the best team in it, on paper anyway.

Think we showed yesterday that we have some real talent in our ranks.

We just don't have that tradition of playing at a high level and beating high standard opposition. Man for man I think there is little between Donegal and ourselves, they just have know how, more belief, and more history of playing at a higher level, and all these things count. Even though we stifled them for most of the first half yesterday, their game management saw them go in level at half time. That comes from experience.

There is a world of difference between playing the likes of Mayo, Kerry and Dublin each Spring as compared to the Leitrims and Londons of this world.

However, there is undoubtedly talent in our team that should be pushing for div 1 status. I'm just really disappointed that we can't get over the line in these games, because we are definitely capable of achieving a lot more."
Yeah it's one of the most frustrating losses I can remember as a Cavan fan.

In a strange way, I think a win yesterday would have has more long term benefits than 2020. We'd have put ourselves firmly on a par with anything else in Ulster by backing up the 2 final appearances of 19/20.

But there is a huge amount of belief to be taken from how we performed and as many have mentioned, it was fine margins. They took their goal chances, we didn't.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4682 - 09/05/2022 11:05:49    2415846

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Great performance, I've always said win, lose draw all we ask as Cavan fans is a team that makes us proud.
It reminded me of the Eamon Coleman days in the mid 2000s. A talented fearless team who arrived in Clones with no fear of anyone and who had arrived believing we would win.
I said during the league that this summer was huge for Graham, I have no doubts in my mind now he is the man to take us forward in the long term.
I hope we take this tailteann cup seriously, there is no reason why we should not.. it's a chance for more silverware in Croke park in the middle of summer. The more experience of winning in Croke Park the better .
If we were to throw our **** at it and lose first round, that's a long long winter for everyone. If we go and win it in style that's a super season. Two titles and a brave championship.
We have some fine footballers in that team, Smith, lynch, Georoid and Galligan were just incredible. Without naming names there were some lads yesterday completely out of there depth at that level. If we fill in them blanks we would be a serious outfit.

blueskies (Cavan) - Posts: 173 - 09/05/2022 11:41:43    2415866

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Hard luck to the lads, we needed to be up a few at half time yet went in level. The penalty had to be given but I think luck deserted us yesterday and Donegal got the crucial bit of luck for the 1st goal which won the game. All that been said there were an awful lot of positives and Lynch can be a huge player for us going forward. You could not question the effort and fight in the team and the fine style of football either. Donegal just had a few more scoring threats and they got the rub of the green too.
I really hope the lads go for it in the Tailteann cup. I think the supporters will get behind them if they do and winning cups is the business we should be in.

fredflint (Cavan) - Posts: 1468 - 09/05/2022 11:58:45    2415878

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Replying To Cavan_Shambles:  "Positive performance, disappointing result. Just not clinical enough in front of goal. Small margins exposed by teams league positions.
We totally outplayed Donegal in the first 35 minutes but they managed to go in level with us at half time. I felt we needed to be at least 3 points up after dominating them to have any chance but we gifted them some easy frees.

Overall a missed opportunity.

Out of interest, how are other posters feeling about this "tailteann cup" thing? Personally I have no interest, but what do others think?"
i have mentioned in an earlier post that we should regroup and go for the tailteann cup at least these lads will get some more games under their belt and maybe try a out a couple more players I think if we were to win it we would qualify for Sam next year automatically so got to be worth a go ,also the boys put in a tremendous performance yesterday and could have got over the line but that bit of know how that the top teams have we haven't got Donegal know how to win tight games and they have that bit of experience you need in championship football but we're heading the right way. County board need to make sure that mickey and his team given every support they need because tactically he's up there with the best.

[email protected] (Cavan) - Posts: 111 - 09/05/2022 12:03:30    2415879

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Replying To fredflint:  "Hard luck to the lads, we needed to be up a few at half time yet went in level. The penalty had to be given but I think luck deserted us yesterday and Donegal got the crucial bit of luck for the 1st goal which won the game. All that been said there were an awful lot of positives and Lynch can be a huge player for us going forward. You could not question the effort and fight in the team and the fine style of football either. Donegal just had a few more scoring threats and they got the rub of the green too.
I really hope the lads go for it in the Tailteann cup. I think the supporters will get behind them if they do and winning cups is the business we should be in."
Agree. Very impressed with our direct style of football especially in the 1st half.
Unlucky not to go in at the break 3/4 ahead.
They really did have a go and can be proud of their performance.
Going forward I hope Mickey stays on .

Breffni1969 (Cavan) - Posts: 190 - 09/05/2022 12:17:02    2415887

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