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Paddy Lynch determined to keep playing a crucial role in Cavan’s quest for success


Cavan ace Paddy Lynch is raring to go

Cavan ace Paddy Lynch is raring to go

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Cavan ace Paddy Lynch is raring to go

Paddy Lynch could be said to be still settling into his recently acquired role as Cavan full-forward but the artistry and poise which he is currently bringing to the position would suggest that he has instead enjoyed a lengthy tenure.

In essence, it’s only a matter of weeks since 22-year-old Lynch has made such a dramatic impact at inter-county level.

When Cavan beat Tipperary in the early part of last month to claim the Division Four title and the vital prize of promotion that goes with it, it was Lynch who plundered two crucial goals that were critical in deflating Tipperary’s resistance.

Fast forward a few weeks and Lynch again stole the limelight in helping himself to eight points and the man of the match award when Cavan proved Antrim’s masters in the Quarter-Final of the Ulster Senior Championship.

Today, Lynch will again find himself in a centre-stage role when Cavan face Donegal in an Ulster Semi-Final at Clones that has tickled the taste buds of fans across the province.

With Donegal having ended Armagh’s interest in the competition and Cavan playing with renewed spirit and endeavour, the indications are that fans are in for a treat.

And no one is keener to help serve this up than Lynch. Yet his feet remain firmly rooted to the ground as he contemplates what will be the biggest game he has played in to date.

“It was tough going against Tipperary in that League Final and I was just fortunate to bag those couple of goals. Then against Antrim it took us a while to get going after we missed some first-half chances but the points kept coming after the break to get us over the line,” reflects Lynch.

He modestly omitted that he scored eight of those points, thus earning the credentials that will see him marked tightly today by a Donegal defence that was unyielding for the most part against the much-vaunted Armagh attack.

“We knew in the Championship that Antrim would want to make the most of their home advantage but we managed to pull away in the second half. Donegal are going to be even more difficult opponents because they are an experienced Division One side. You only have to look at their recent record to see the impact they have made in the Championship, too,” points out Lynch.

Lynch, though, is only one of several players who have been delivering the goods. Gearoid McKiernan, Jason McLoughlin, Killian Clarke, Padraig Faulkner, Gerard Smith and skipper Raymond Galligan have provided the inspiration and should they do this again today, then Donegal will have their work cut out to get a Final.

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