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Cavan striving to get past Fermanagh and take more positives from Tailteann Cup: Mickey Graham

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Fermanagh ace Ciaran Corrigan will hope to inspire his side

Fermanagh ace Ciaran Corrigan will hope to inspire his side

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Cavan’s Gerard Smith gets away from Shane O’Donnell of Donegal

Cavan’s Gerard Smith gets away from Shane O’Donnell of Donegal

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Cavan boss Mickey Graham wants Tailteann Cup success

Cavan boss Mickey Graham wants Tailteann Cup success

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Fermanagh ace Ciaran Corrigan will hope to inspire his side

Near neighbours Fermanagh and Cavan will do battle this afternoon at Brewster Park, Enniskillen (4pm) to see which side enters the next phase of the Tailteann Cup.

Last weekend, Fermanagh were stretched to the limit by a dogged Longford side while Cavan were not unduly perturbed in accounting for struggling Down.

Cavan have made no secret of their desire to win the trophy, with their manager Mickey Graham having made it clear that participation in this competition can bolster his team’s development.

“I know that there are people who are playing down the Tailteann Cup competition but for our part we only see the advantages it can bring. Obviously we want to go as far as we can in the competition,” points out Graham.

Having gained promotion to Division Three and shown that they are very much focused on success, Cavan will prove a stiff examination for Kieran Donnelly’s side.

In Patrick Lynch and Gearoid McKiernan, Cavan possess two very potent finishers indeed whose score-taking in the League had much to do with the team’s ascent into Division Three.

With Tomas Galligan, Padraig Faulkner, James Smith and Gerard Smith among their other key players, the Breffni side will not lack confidence going into today’s tie.

Skipper and goalkeeper Raymond Galligan turned in a stunning performance in the victory over Down last weekend when he scored seven points from frees for his side and pulled off a double penalty save that added to the Mournemen’s frustration levels.

Fermanagh, too, are not short on talent.

Skipper Declan McCusker leads a team that is keen to extend their stay in the competition which would allow players such as Josh Largo Ellis and Daragh McGurn to acquire even more valuable experience moving forward.

Meanwhile, 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winner Tony McEntee is hopeful that his Sligo side can turn in a rather more convincing performance against neighbours Leitrim today than they did against London last weekend when the sides do battle at Carrick-on-Shannon this afternoon (3pm).

The Yeats County just managed to get over the line in that tie and McEntee is now keen to see better finishing against a Leitrim side that is progressing under new boss, former Mayo ace Andy Moran.

In today’s other Tailteann Cup tie, Carlow, who created a shock by beating fancied Tipperary last weekend, will flex their muscles against a Westmeath side that has already managed to get the better of Laois.


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