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Dubs serve up a League warning to Cavan

Cavan 0-11 Dublin 0-18

Cavan received an early warning yesterday that survival in Division One of the Allianz Football League will not come easy following this chastening experience at the hands of reigning league and All-Ireland champions at Kingspan Breffni Park.

In bringing their undefeated run in league and championship to 30 games, Jim Gavin's side were efficient and clinical rather than spectacular yet they looked to be in a completely different class to their opponents on occasions.

New Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan will not be happy with the manner in which his side surrendered possession at times, failed to impose themselves sufficiently at midfield and took the wrong options going forward.

Yet their commitment and appetite for battle never wavered and by half-time the Dubs knew they would have to work hard for the points when they led by 0-10 to 0-7.

Niall Scully proved a key figure in their side while James McCarthy's work in defence and attack and Dean Rock's quality finishing were other notable plus factors.

Rock posted four points before the break and added another couple in the second-half while McCarthy (2) and Brian Fenton were among those also on the mark.

When they trailed by 0-14 to 0-7 in the 46th minute, Cavan looked to have shot their bolt but Seanie Johnston and substitute Conor Madden hit points that took them back into contention and it was only in added time that Fenton and Costello added a more decisive flavour to the final score.

Gerard Smith, Niall McDermott and skipper Killian Clarke all worked hard for Cavan who will undoubtedly have absorbed lessons from this unfortunate outing.

Dublin scorers: D Rock 0-7 (1f), N Scully 0-2, J McCarthy 0-2, M D Macauley, J Whelan, C Kilkenny, J McCaffrey, B Fenton, C Costello, K McManamon 0-1 each.

Cavan scorers: 0-5 (2f), N McDermott 0-2 (2f), G Smith 0-2, C Madden 0-1, J McCutcheon 0-1.

Referee: Padraig O'Sullivan (Cork).

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