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McKiernan the star as Cavan's run continues

John Campbell

Cavan maintained their momentum in striving to reach Division Two of the Allianz Football League by overcoming Sligo 1-12 to 0-10 at Kingspan Breffni Park, yesterday.

The home side's victory owed much to a majestic performance from Gearoid McKiernan at midfield, who landed four points in his stunning solo show and also the slick marksmanship of Niall McDermott, who as well as recording the only goal of the game, also had a hand in quite a few other scores.

Damien Reilly, Cian Macley and Joshua Hayes also underlined their value to Cavan, who will now meet Longford in their next game before what could prove to be a promotion shoot-out with unbeaten Roscommon.

Sligo had Ross Donovan and Johnny Kelly black-carded and that did not help their cause.

Meanwhile Mayo, who beat Kerry a week ago, made it back to back wins when they accounted for a very plucky Westmeath side 2-7 to 3-9.

Cillian O'Connor made his mark on his return to the Mayo side but manager James O'Horan will have been less impressed with the performance of his defence.

Antrim's prospects of making a prompt return to Division Three were not just dealt a potentially devastating blow when they were beaten by no-hopers Carlow, but were further sabotaged by the handsome wins which Tipperary and Leitrim registered yesterday.

Tipperary certainly sent out a sharp message that they are bent on stepping up by the clinical manner in which they beat fellow promotion hopefuls Clare by 3-6 to 0-12 while Leitrim stunned fancied Wicklow winning by 1-17 to 0-11.

These results have heaped pressure on Antrim, who are now bracketed on just two points along with London and Carlow while Waterford, whom the Saffrons beat last week, are adrift at the bottom on one point.

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