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Battle stations: Gerard Smith accepts that Cavan face a massive challenge when they confront Dublin at Croke Park

Battle stations: Gerard Smith accepts that Cavan face a massive challenge when they confront Dublin at Croke Park

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Battle stations: Gerard Smith accepts that Cavan face a massive challenge when they confront Dublin at Croke Park

Cavan defender Gerard Smith harbours an all too clear recollection of his team's opening game against Armagh in the Allianz League back in February.

Mickey Graham's side were not so much beaten as humiliated on that occasion, yet, amid the debris, vital lessons were absorbed.

The 2-18 to 1-8 mauling at the Athletic Grounds proved the ultimate wake-up call, even though Cavan's form during the remainder of the league was such that they still could not avoid making the drop into Division Three.


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