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Cavan down without a fight as top flight odyssey ends after one term

Roscommon 1-13 Cavan 1-10

Cavan's relegation to Division 2 of the National League, after just a season in the top flight, would have been confirmed regardless by Mayo's win over Donegal in Castlebar but a dismal performance in Hyde Park provided no balm for the sore.

Against bogey team Roscommon, the Blues - coming off the back of a win over Mayo and a draw with Kerry - were leaden-footed and were out-fought by a limited but game home side.

Approaching half-time, Cavan were two up after a free from Niall McDermott made it 0-7 to 0-5 but the Rossies kicked three in a row from Donie Smith, Conor Devaney and Diarmuid Murtagh, with another McDermott free ensuring the sides were level at the break.

Sub Cian Mackey found Dara McVeety who smashed to the net two minutes into the second half, putting Mattie McGleenan's troops three in front - and with Donegal leading Mayo, survival looked likely.

But that dream quickly soured when, within 50 seconds, Roscommon broke through and Cathal Compton stroked to the net.

Cavan managed just one more point, a Gearoid McKiernan free, in the final 40 minutes as Roscommon bagged their first win.


Cavan: N McDermott 0-3 (2f), D McVeety 1-1, M Reilly 0-1, C Brady 0-1, J Dillon 0-1, G McKiernan 0-1f, R Galligan 0-1f

Roscommon: D Murtagh 0-4 (3f), N Kilroy 0-3, C Compton 1-0, C Devaney 0-2, C Murtagh 0-2 (1f), D Smith 0-1, T Corcoran 0-1.

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