The Cavan County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland.
Declan Bonner is practised at avoiding any hint of controversy that might come back to haunt him and he gave a neat little swerve to the suggestion that he might have dredged up some memories of the Ulster final of 18 months ago, when Cavan upset the odds, to act as motivation here.
You can have all the fancy terminology you want and apply it to Gaelic football. You can chin-stroke your way through low blocks and overloads and possession restarts. But if you want a handy goal, the dying art of the long ball in still has a place.
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.
Donegal are no strangers to the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final now that they are seeking to secure what would be their 10th appearance in the decider in 12 years, but this enviable track record has not been allowed to breed complacency ahead of today’s Semi-Final against Cavan.
When Cavan sprang from the shadows to take delivery of the 2020 Ulster Senior Football Championship title, they not only made a mockery of the provincial formbook but fired out a message of encouragement to those teams who have had no meaningful success for decades.
In comfortably overcoming a lethargic Antrim side at the weekend, Cavan rapped out a sharp warning that they aim to repeat their feat of two years ago when they came from nowhere to clinch the Ulster Senior Football Championship title.
Cavan manager Mickey Graham hailed the performance of Paddy Lynch as he scored eight points to help Cavan progress to the semi-finals of the Ulster Senior Football Championship with a 1-20 to 0-10 win over Antrim at Corrigan Park.
With the Antrim management duo of Enda McGinley and Stephen O’Neill having been forced into a defensive reshuffle ahead of today’s Ulster Senior Football Championship tie against Cavan at Corrigan Park, Belfast (2pm), there are fears that the visitors’ attack could now constitute a much bigger threat.
This weekend sees the GAA enjoy a rare double bonus. Not only is the Allianz League, the second most important competition in the annual fixtures calendar, swinging into action but with crowd restrictions lifted I feel that this will lend an extra dimension to what will in my view be a captivating two-month spell of intensive activity.
With Covid infection rates already ruling on Sunday’s proposed McGrath Cup game between Waterford and Clare, the Ulster Council have spoken of the flexibility needed within county teams to get their sides out onto the pitch for the upcoming Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup fixtures.
You know how it is; the Olympics are on, the Lions are touring South Africa, some local soccer teams are making their way around Europe for qualifying games, and the mammoth soccer clubs are schmoozing their way around the super agents to try to tempt the biggest players with their transfer ‘war chests’.
BBC Sport Northern Ireland have honoured six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea by naming him their Sports Personality of the Year for 2020 — despite the fact that he was controversially snubbed for the main award shortlist.
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