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Cian Mackey is aiming to cap return with glory

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Cian Mackey played a big part in helping to take Cavan into last year's All-Ireland football quarter-finals in which they were beaten by Kerry.

But the stocky dynamo has been hampered by injury recently which meant that he missed the last lap of his team's surge into Division Two of the league.

However, he will be back to face Roscommon in tonight's Division Three final at Croke Park armed with his usual brief to perform link duties between defence and attack.

"I'm glad to be in the side again. I am good to go and hopefully we can repeat our earlier league win over Roscommon. We have been unbeaten in seven matches in the league and it would be nice to extend this run before we play Armagh in the Ulster Championship," points out Mackey.

He will play at right-half-forward in a bulked up side following the resting of a number of players against Limerick.

Killian Brady is preferred to David Givney at midfield where he will partner Geraoid McKiernan, while skipper Alan Clarke is at the hub of a defence which is now noted for its tight marking.

Josh Hayes returns at right-full-back with James McEnroe in front of him at right-half-back and Cavan spokesman Declan Woods predicts these two players could have key roles tonight.

"We know that Roscommon have several useful forwards and they won't make life easy for us," says auctioneer Woods.

Certainly Donie Shine, Senan Kilbride, Cathal Cregg and Ian Kilbride in particular have the capacity to trouble Cavan.

Cavan of course are endowed with forward ammunition with Eugene Keating and Niall McDermott currently on top of their game and both Jack Brady and Martin Reilly well-equipped to make handsome contributions.

Roscommon manager John Evans recognises his team will not find it easy to score tonight but believes they can restrict Cavan.

"Cavan do not score an awful lot while at the same time restricting opponents. If we hit the ground running, we will be in with a real chance," maintains Evans.

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