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Cavan revive campaign by stunning Mayo

Cavan 1-14 Mayo 0-15

By Paul Fitzpatrick

Cavan claimed their biggest scalp in many years - and picked up their first top-flight win since 2004 - as they stunned Mayo on their own patch in Castlebar.

Coming into the game off successive defeats to Donegal and Tyrone, Cavan were rated as 4/1 outsiders but the win has completely altered the complexion of their season.

Mattie McGleenan's charges now sit on three points, just one behind Mayo, but look likelier to pick up points in the final number of weeks.

Minus the likes of Diarmuid O'Connor, Alan Dillon, Ger Cafferky and the O'Shea brothers, Stephen Rochford's men now find themselves in an unexpected relegation battle.

Mayo, backed by a strong wind, were 0-9 to 0-4 up approaching the interval but the Blues finished the first half strongly with 1-1 from talisman Gearoid McKiernan to go in just a point down.

The goal, which was created by Dara McVeety, was a huge confidence boost for the visitors and both McVeety and McKiernan played key roles in the second half.

Points from Danny Kirby and two huge efforts from the much-heralded Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan saw Mayo edge in front but Cavan were beginning to punch holes in their opponents' defence.

McKiernan and McVeety were on target and when the former pointed a 60-metre free, they sensed victory.

And late points from McVeety and sub Joe Dillon - with one of the scores of the game - completed the comeback.

With Kerry and Roscommon lying in wait, and with Mayo slated to meet the mighty Donegal and Tyrone, suddenly Cavan's survival prospects look alive once again.

Scorers: Cavan: G McKiernan 1-5 (3f), D McVeety 0-3, T Corr 0-2, R Dunne, M Reilly, C Madden, J Dillon 0-1

Mayo: D Kirby 0-4, A Moran 0-3, C O'Shea 0-2, Lee Keegan 0-2, K McLoughlin 0-1f, F Boland, T Parsons, S Nally 0-1

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