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McVeety vows to learn lesson after defeat to the Red Hands

By John Campbell

Cavan utility player Dara McVeety is urging his team to remain on red alert for the visit of Derry to Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday.

Having lost to Tyrone in the Ulster Championship semi-final replay, Terry Hyland's side are particularly anxious not to fall to Ulster opponents once again.

Their team's exit from the provincial series evoked considerable disappointment, frustration and anger among Cavan supporters who had given the players huge encouragement in their successful drive to gain promotion to Division One of the league earlier in the year.

"We were not as well set up against Tyrone in the replay as we should have been and we have to take lessons from that," admits McVeety. "When they got their first couple of goals, we had to come out and that just left us even more open. It was very frustrating to have scored 2-17 and still end up as losers - it was certainly not the way in which we wanted our Ulster Championship campaign to conclude."

Since then Cavan have overcome Carlow in the qualifiers but McVeety, who has been one of the team's most consistent performers this year, believes that Derry will be a much tougher proposition.

"We had a great battle with them in the league but it counts for nothing now," he states. "They have won two games on the bounce and that will have done their confidence no harm. We needed that win over Carlow but it does not tell us a lot about ourselves. We will also be without David Givney on Saturday because of injury and that's a blow."

Cavan boss Hyland lost no time in attempting to restore morale following the setback against Tyrone.

He stepped up the team's training programme, made it quite clear that he believes the side is capable of performing much better and feels they owe it to their supporters to hit the high spots against Derry.

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