Hopes still alive for Cavan
Wicklow 0-11 Cavan 0-14
Cavan's promotion hopes are still intact – barely – after they came through a gruelling test against Division Three bottom side Wicklow at a freezing Aughrim.
The Breffni men played with the benefit of a gale-force breeze in the opening half but wasted a host of scoring opportunities as they craved out a precarious four-point interval lead, 0-8 to 0-4.
Cavan had 19 shots on goal in the opening half but poor decision-making and wasteful shooting kept the hosts in the game.
Wicklow led by 0-3 to 0-1 after eight minutes following points from Nicky Mernagh and Seanie Furlong (two frees), with Cian Mackey's excellent point on the run Cavan's only response.
Terry Hyland's men bossed the remainder of the half and scores from Martin Dunne (two from play and two frees), Eugene Keating, Martin Reilly and Tomas Corr saw them hit the front.
They picked up where they left off in the second half, Niall McDermott – who had a fine game – sending them 0-9 to 0-5 in front seconds into the half.
Cavan huffed and puffed but a litany of errors saw them fail to blow a resilient, but limited, Wicklow away but the introduction of Barry Reilly, Declan McKiernan and Ronan Flanagan – and the late dismissal of Wicklow's Steven Coen – finally swung things their way.
Wicklow: J Flynn, D Power, L Benson, A Byrne, D Hayden, S Coen, D Healy, J Stafford, A McLoughlin, N Mernagh (0-3), P MacWalters, JP Dalton, S Furlong (0-5, all frees), A O'Malley (0-1), R Finn. Subs: J McGrath (0-2, one 45) for O'Malley (46 mins), P Dalton for Finn (51 mins), D Woods for MacWalters (51 mins)
Cavan: J Reilly, J Hayes, J McEnroe, O Minagh, P O'Reilly, A Clarke, J McCutcheon, T Corr (0-1), G McKiernan, C Mackey (0-1), M Reilly (0-1), N McDermott (0-1), D Givney, E Keating (0-1), M Dunne (0-7, 3f).
Subs: D McKiernan (0-1) for Keating (ht), K Meehan for Minagh (ht), R Flanagan for Hayes (50 mins), B Reilly (0-1) for Givney (55 mins)
Referee: K O'Brien (Tipperary).