RUNNERS AND RIDERS HIDING THEIR COLOURS FOR NOW

17 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Kevin Carney

Dr. McKenna Cup results will determine the line-up for this weekend’s semi-finals. Right from the time of the draw for the groups, we knew that the winners of Monaghan’s group would play the winner of Tyrone’s group and, after last Monday night when UUJ pulled the pin on their Wednesday night fixture away to Cavan, we knew the Breffni county would be facing the best runner up.

Last Sunday, Cavan cruised to a decidedly unflattering 1-9 to 0-5 win over Down in Kingscourt. It was another shot in the arm for team-manager Terry Hyland, his think-tank, his players and the county as a whole.

Cavan has a football tradition unlike most others in the country. However, the players who did duty for Cavan against James McCartan’s men last weekend would scarcely be able to list more than three players from their county’s most famous match, i.e the 1947 All-Ireland SFC final win over Kerry.

The fact is Cavan’s current top 35 players are very much carrying the flag for the here and now; the future being their true focus.

Pointedly, last Sunday, the hosts seemed to buy into the present far more than Down who, for whatever reason, cut a very disinterested crew.

Like the power cut that caused a few headaches for the Kingscourt club faithful shortly after the start of the match, Down were simply powerless in the opening 20 minutes.

Granted, the black and red brigade were missing a lot of players through injury; nearly a whole forward line, according to manager McCartan.

Established frontmen like Ambrose Rogers, Mark Poland, Donal O’Hare, Conor Lavery and Paul …

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