15 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan 1-10
Monaghan 0-05


FOLLOWING their impressive display and emphatic victory over Meath in their opening game Monaghan were brought back down to earth with quite a bump as they proved no match for a highly motivated Cavan side in this scrappy, free riddled and at times quite bad tempered affair in Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday night last.
This was a contest that was marred by the prevailing weather conditions with rain falling throughout making for greasy handling and underfoot conditions that led to a plethora of mistakes by both sides but it was a contest too that was not helped by the at times controversial refereeing of Derry whistler Barry Cassidy whose decisions at times drew howls of protest from both sets of supporters.
On the night Cassidy dismissed five players, three from Monaghan and two from Cavan, one Monaghan dismissal and the two Cavan sendings off on straight red cards and the other two Monaghan dismissals on second yellows late in a game that was robust and feisty but never a dirty contest.
With just 11 minutes played Conor McManus was the first to see red following an off the ball incident with Cavan cornerback Killian Brady, McManus probably reacting to a couple of very heavy challenges in the early stages that went unpunished.
Seven minutes later Cavan full forward Martin Dunne also saw red but this was seen more as a levelling up procedure and then two minutes into the second-half Cavan’s John McCutcheon was also red carded for a dangerous high challenge on Darren Hughes.
Hughes as a key figure in Monaghan’s line out and game plan was targeted from the early stages and got some very close attention by a Cavan team that chased and harried in packs and never allowed Monaghan time to build anything like their normal game.
Following their free flowing and free scoring …

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