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Breffni boss Hyland hoping to catch Red Hands on hop again

By Declan Bogue

Published 02/07/2016

Cavan manager Terry Hyland
Cavan manager Terry Hyland

Cavan manager Terry Hyland has admitted the last two weeks have been a guessing game as to what Tyrone will bring to the part in tomorrow's Ulster semi-final replay.

Having achieved a measure of success in their match-ups, Cavan now expect Tyrone to do something differently, having to balance that with catching the Red Hands on the hop for the second time in a row.

"Do I expect Tyrone to set up any different the next day? Probably not. Changes in personnel? Possibly one or two," explained the Ballyhaise hardware store owner.

"Tyrone are not going to change because of what we did the last day. They're going to concentrate on their own game and that's the way it will be.

"How we play may be different or may not be different but we have to do things better for longer periods."

In their dissections of the video tape from the first day, Cavan will be painfully aware that their scoring was done in short bursts - one eight minute spell at the start of the game and a five-minute period in the third quarter, in addition to their two goals in injury-time of each half.

"It's key to us that we try to get a few scores out of them because our scoring rate was very low, 10 scores ain't going to win many Championship matches, although we had eight different scorers," Hyland said.

While Gearoid McKiernan and Seanie Johnston were kept quiet on the scoreboard, Hyland confessed they needed a better strategy to get them more actively involved.

"We were probably blessed that three of them were goals and that kept us in the game. It's key that we can get more scores on the board, whether it's Gearoid or Sean or other players," he said.

"We just need to be a little bit more accurate with our shooting, we probably had wides in areas we would have expected any of the lads to score from."

He added: ""It's Championship and it's Ulster Championship and you're always going to get close attention and you just have to learn to get up and get on with it.

"Conditions probably had a major part in it as well. We had 13 wides, they had 14 so I'm sure the same questions are being asked in Tyrone.

"Conditions were difficult and people probably didn't realise that there was quite a strong swirling breeze out there on the pitch as well which would have significantly affected the accuracy of both teams."

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