Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Start flexing our muscles, Cavan manager Terry Hyland urges his troops

Cavan manager Terry Hyland

Cavan manager Terry Hyland has told his players to flex their muscles when they confront Fermanagh in the second round of the All-Ireland football qualifiers on Saturday night at Kingspan Breffni Park (7.00pm).

Hyland was perturbed by the manner in which Monaghan physically imposed themselves on his side in the last quarter of their Ulster semi-final on Saturday week last and believes that his players must absorb a valuable lesson from that game.

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke resorted to his substitutes' bench and found comfort in the fact that players such as Dick Clerkin and Padraig Donaghy were able to test the character and temperament of their Cavan opponents as the match reached a climax.

In the interests of avoiding a repeat of this taming, Hyland is urging his players to stand strong for the entire contest against the Ernesiders which is a re-run of last month's Ulster championship meeting between the sides.

"There is no doubt that Monaghan upped the ante in terms of physicality and pace in the closing stages of the Ulster semi-final and that got them over the line," reflects Hyland.

"We can't afford to allow that to happen again. We have to maintain our concentration and most of all our discipline. We will come under pressure but we must cope with this in the right way."

Cavan's solid defensive strategy frustrated Fermanagh to a large extent at Brewster Park, Enniskillen where the Breffni side relied on breakaway scores to chisel out their victory.

"Fermanagh beat us in the league on our own ground so they won't be afraid of us. We need to get off to a good start in this match and keep our shape," raps the Cavan boss.

Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan has already hailed his team's performance in the first round of the qualifiers when they defeated Westmeath by a point at Cusack Park, Mullingar where corner back John Woods landed the winning score late in the game. He is hoping for a big performance from his midfield given that Cavan pair David Givney and Damien O'Reilly have been influential in the championship to date.

"We have to try and create more chances this time and then take them," said Canavan