28 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An Ulster football championship semi-final that will simmer but not combust is anticipated by Cavan’s thoughtful manager Terry Hyland. by KEVIN CARNEY

Cavan boss Terry Hyland isn’t expecting the same fireworks this Sunday that ignited a damp, dank Kingspan/Breffni Park the last time his side crossed swords with Monaghan. The two teams will go head-to-head at St. Tighernach’s Park in Clones with the massive carrot of a place in the Ulster decider dangling in front of them. And while derby duels seldom make for tranquil, touchy-feely atmospheres, Hyland doesn’t believe there’ll be anything like a repeat of the shenanigans which coloured the sides’ meeting in the NFL last February when FIVE players saw red.

“Derby matches take on a life of their own but they’re more often manly, fiery affairs rather than dirty matches and I thought the amount of sendings-off in the league match didn’t reflect the true nature of the contest,” Hyland told the Northern Standard.

“I’m not saying the semi-final on Sunday will be totally peaceful and pleasant but I’d expect both teams to be on their best behaviour and to go about their business in a fair, honest and sporting manner.”

That said, Hyland concurs there was no love lost between the sides in the run up to Valentine’s Day last spring when Cavan came out on top on the back of a 1-10 to 0-5 scoreline.

Referee Barry Cassidy was the busiest man on the field that night with Monaghan talisman Conor McManus the first to walk after an altercation with his marker Killian Brady 70 metres from the play in the 12th minute before being joined later in the dock by team-mates Gavin Doogan (63) and Dessie Mone (64) for two yellow card offences each while Cavan pair Martin Dunne (19) and John McCutcheon (37) exited on foot of straight red card offences.

Afterwards, Monaghan boss Malachy O’Rourke expressed his unhappiness at the performances of the officials on duty:
“There’s no need for any changing of any rule if the umpires and linesman are watching the play and the referee takes a firm grip of the play.
“At the moment though it’s hard to know what is going on as regards the decisions that are being made by the officials.”

In between the dismissals and slew of stoppages, Cavan played the better football as they engineered a 0-7 to 0-1 interval lead.

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