Where to start with what was a dramatic night in Cavan? The end. Cavan were cruising and one of those toying with the UUJ defenders was prodigal son Seanie Johnston, sprung from the bench to a muted response for his first appearance in four years.
This had the makings of a low-key affair but there was plenty to entertain the crowd, not least two top-class goals from Paul O'Connor and new boy Enda Henry.
O'Connor came on after 12 minutes and was unlucky to see black on the half-hour mark but managed to bag 2-1 in that time.
The sides were level at 0-3 apiece after 15 minutes, two frees from Kieran Hughes keeping UUJ in touch, but once O'Connor conjured a goal and rose to palm another, the jig was up.
Jack Brady and Enda O'Reilly added points before Henry extended Cavan's lead to 3-5 to 0-4 after 25 minutes.
Further scores from Henry, Brady, sub Dara McVeety and Niall Murray saw Cavan home, with Hughes and Caoilean O'Boyle pointing for the students.
CAVAN: R Galligan; F Reilly, B Sankey, P Faulkner; C Brady, N Murray (0-1), L Murphy; T Corr (0-1), L Buchanan; B Doyle, M Reilly (0-1,f), E Henry (1-1); E Reilly (0-2, 2f), N McDermott (0-1), J Brady (0-3). Subs: P O'Connor (2-1) for L Buchanan (15); J Dillon (0-1) for P O'Connor B.C (36); C Conroy (0-1) for B Doyle (54); D McVeety (0-1) for F Reilly (56); S Cooney for C Brady (61); S Johnston for M Reilly (62).
UUJ: S Fox; M Johnston, K Nolan, R Johnston; S Sheridan, R Brennan, D Savage; K Hughes (0-3, 2f), C Grugan; M Walsh, C Clarke (0-1), N O'Neill; S McArdle, N Madine (0-1), C Boyle (0-2, 1f). Subs: G McKinless for R Johnston (19); J McGovern for M Johnston (h-t); R McNamee for S McArdle (h-t); R McGlone (0-2) for N Madine (ht); T Miscall (0-1) for G McKinless B.C (53); C Harvey for K Nolan (65).
Referee: R Barry (Down)