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A victory will galvanise the entire county, says Cavan co-captain Damien O'Reilly

By John Campbell

Published 22/05/2015

Ryan Jones of Fermanagh is closed down by Damien O'Reilly and David Givney of Cavan
Ryan Jones of Fermanagh is closed down by Damien O'Reilly and David Givney of Cavan

Cavan joint captain Damien O'Reilly sees a possible victory over Monaghan in Sunday's Ulster Championship quarter-final as rather more than a place secured in the last four of the competition.

Now in his fifth year in the side, O'Reilly has had to exercise patience in his bid to share in provincial title glory, something that has eluded his county since 1997.

But in the shorter term, he is convinced that if Terry Hyland's side can claim Monaghan's scalp then this will galvanise the entire county.

"Cavan followers have not had a lot to cheer about but we know that if we were to get over Monaghan, who are among the top sides in the country, this would be a huge shot in the arm for the county," said O'Reilly.

"It would, I feel, spark a feel-good factor that everyone would buy into and I think that we as a team would benefit from this.

"However, this is a massive match for us against a Monaghan side that reached the league semi-final and were only beaten by a point by Dublin. If we could manage to get a win, it would be coming at a good time for us."

With manager Hyland expecting to have something approaching a full hand from which to deal when he confirms his side tonight, O'Reilly believes this will help to breed further confidence.

"It's a big occasion but we have prepared well. Hopefully we will get a few breaks on the day," he added.

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