Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Monaghan and Cavan storm to win bonus

Tussle: John Gilligan with Dublin's Kevin McManamon
Tussle: John Gilligan with Dublin's Kevin McManamon

Ulster football was given a shot in the arm going into the Allianz League break yesterday when both Monaghan and Cavan recorded important victories.

In Division Two, Monaghan showed no ill-effects following their scare against Down last weekend when they stormed to an impressive 0-20 to 0-8 victory over Meath.

Conor McManus and Jack McCarron laid the basis for Monaghan's impressive coup by positing 0-5 and 0-3 respectively in the first-half.

Such was Monaghan's dominance that they led by 0-13 to 0-1 at the break and although Meath rallied briefly in the second-half they had no answer.

Goalkeeper Rory Beggan also got in on the scoring act for the winners by landing three points from '45's.

Cavan were given a rather more severe test by an Offaly outfit that had been initially fancied to make a bold bid for promotion into Division Two.

The Breffni outfit, though, showed resilience and character in chiselling out their hard-earned 1-11 to 1-8 victory.

A goal from the in-form Eugene Keating proved central to their victory while Niall McDermott and Martin Dunne also made telling contributions.

Coming on the heels of their win over Fermanagh last week, this victory puts Cavan in contention for promotion already.

Meanwhile, Dublin maintained their bid to hold onto the league title by beating a gritty Westmeath outfit by 0-14 to 1-7.

Jim Gavin's side did not have things all their own way and should have taken more of their chances.

A new-look Cork side just got the better of Kildare by one point (0-16 to 1-12) and in doing so heaped pressure on the Lily Whites for the visit of buoyant Tyrone to Newbridge.

Cork stayed the pace to come out on top but have work to do to.

Laois tamed Louth in Division Two by 2-8 to 0-11 and Wee County manager Aidan O'Rourke has now seen his side take just one point from a possible four which means that there will be added pressure when the action resumes.

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