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Goal chase cost us points admits Hyland

On the hop: Terry Hyland admits his side were caught flat-footed
On the hop: Terry Hyland admits his side were caught flat-footed
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Cavan manager Terry Hyland refused to take the carrot of a first half that yielded six Cavan frees to Tyrone's 15.

"The referee calls these, maybe you'd be better asking the referee these questions," he effortlessly batted back the conspiracy theory.

As for the goals they leaked, he explained away how they were picked off on the counter-attack.

"That's what happens when you push forward," he began.

"We probably missed another 2-4, 2-5, we could have been a lot closer, but maybe we were chasing goals when we should have kept chipping away at the scoreboard."

With Cavan lacking a scoring threat, it might have appeared odd that their most prolific scorer, Seanie Johnston, sat on the bench throughout. Asked if the Cavan Gaels man was injured, Hyland issued a terse "Yes".

Pushed if it was 'tactical', he again answered "Yes."

He revealed that David Givney, scorer of two goals and wreaker of general havoc the week before had a hip injury, got through the warm-up, but it didn't stand up to some of the exchanges.

As for the goal bonanza, he said: "In that first half we would have needed to take all our chances to get back in the game.

"Tyrone's half back line were coming hard off the shoulder and we got caught flat-footed."

Anyway, Cavan begin their All-Ireland qualifying campaign when they host Carlow in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday.

"The biggest problem is getting them mentally ready for it," admitted Hyland.

"It's up to themselves to sit down and decide where they want to be in a month's time, whether they want to still be playing football or not."

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