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Terry Hyland future in doubt after Cavan's exit

Cavan 1-16 Roscommon 3-17

End game: Roscommon's John Evans and Terry Hyland of Cavan after the Rossies latest victory over the Ulster side
End game: Roscommon's John Evans and Terry Hyland of Cavan after the Rossies latest victory over the Ulster side

By Paul Fitzpatrick

The Cavan management will take time to decide on their future after their side crashed out of the championship at home to Roscommon for the second year in succession.

"We haven't planned anything," said manager Terry Hyland, who has been in charge since 2012, when asked about his future after the match.

"We'll sit back and have a review of the year so far. We'll chat to the players, we'll chat to the county board and, more importantly, probably talk among ourselves and see where we're going but no decisions will be made this evening. It will be looked at over the next couple of weeks."

Cavan exploded into life with a beautifully-worked goal after just 27 seconds when Martin Reilly tucked away low after a sublime Cian Mackey pass, but when the dust settled, they were beaten in too many key areas to have any real complaints.

Hyland's side were well in contention at half-time, having played against the wind, when they trailed by 1-7 to 1-6 but the loss of Tomás Corr to a straight red card was a huge blow and the Rossies tore through an unusually-open Breffni defence in the second half.

Video replays showed that Corr struck Ultan Harney with a closed fist seconds before ref David Gough's half-time whistle and just before the restart, he showed Corr the red card.

Enda Smith, Donie Shine and Harney, who was starting for the first time in championship, did the damage for John Evans' side as the match fell into a depressing pattern for the Cavan fans among the 7,000-strong crowd.

The Connacht men, who have now beaten Cavan six times since 2012 including an U21 All-Ireland semi-final, packed their defence and devoured the hosts on the counter as Cavan crashed out.

Roscommon, who entered the match as underdogs following their humbling at the hands of Sligo a fortnight ago, responded superbly to Cavan's early green flag, Shine and Ciaran Murtagh pointing before Cathal Cregg sauntered through for a goal after four minutes.

The tempo finally slowed but following a free from Cian Mackey, Cavan endured 17 scoreless minutes.

A Gearoid McKiernan-inspired revival produced three points before the break but Roscommon struck early on the restart, Conor Daly (two) and Shine pointing and Enda Smith driving through to stroke home a fantastic goal on the three-quarter mark.

Cavan, with sub Barry Reilly probing well and another replacement, Coaran Brady, driving forward for a point, showed impressive resolve but the Rossies kept them at arm's length and, breaking at pace, found scores much easier to come by.

Smith palmed the third goal in the dregs of the game, which flattered the visitors, but there was no doubt as to the better side. Roscommon march on.

Cavan: R Galligan, J McLoughlin, J McEnroe, K Brady, N Murray (0-02), F Flanagan, D O'Reilly, C McKiernan (0-01), T Corr, C Mackey (0-03, 2f), D McVeety, M Reilly (1-03), R Flanagan, M Argue (0-01), N McDermott (0-01, f). Subs: T Hayes for McDermott (18), C Moynagh for Flanagan (h-t), B Reilly (0-03, 2f) for Brady (47), C Brady (0-01) for O'Reilly (50), M Dunne (0-01) for Flanagan (58), P Smith for Argue (68)

Roscommon: D O'Malley, S McDermott, N Collins, D Murray, N Daly, D Keenan, C Cafferky, I Kilbride, K Higgins, C Daly (0-02), C Cregg (1-01), E Smith (2-01), U Harney (0-03), D Shine (0-03, 2f), C Murtagh (0-03, 1f). Subs: D Murtagh (0-03) for Higgins (44), R Stack for Kilbride (51), D Smith for C Murtagh (55), B Murtagh for Shine (60), T Featherstone for Murray (64), C Connolly (0-01) for Cregg (66)

Referee: D Gough (Meath).

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