Cavan can edge house against Rossies to eliminate transfer worries and keep promotion dream alive
Allianz National Football League Division Two: Cavan v Roscommon (today, 2pm, Kingspan Breffni, live on TG4).
THE toll the positive Covid-19 case handles Roscommon will only totally be understood when Anthony Cunningham’s males go out at Kingspan Breffni today versus a Cavan side for whom both promo and relegation stay extremely genuine possibilities.
After preliminary fears this final Division Two clash could be in doubt, the Rossies validated previously in the week that they would be fulfilling the fixture. However, it has yet to be made public how lots of panel members are considered to be close contacts of the favorable case in the camp, and what sort of effect it will have on today’s starting 15.
For them, though, the heavy lifting was largely done recently when they defeated fellow promo Armagh at the Athletic Grounds, 2 coolly transformed Enda Smith penalties assisting Roscommon to a crucial success.
As a result they head into the final weekend top of the pile on nine points, knowing their return to Department One is all however protected. Even beat to the Breffnimen and wins for Armagh and Westmeath in the chasing pack would likely suffice for them to go up as the Lake County – whose score distinction is no – would need a substantial win over Kildare to continue.
Provided Roscommon’s difficulties and their relative security, it appears like an opportunity for Cavan to ensure they don’t join Fermanagh in failing the trapdoor into the 3rd tier, and the prospect of Tailteann Cup next year.
Clare and Kildare, alongside the Breffni County on six points, also head into the final weekend understanding there is everything to bet and, for Cavan employer Mickey Graham, the primary concern will be to prevent the drop.
Anything after that will be a reward at the climax of a topsy-turvy project that began with a hammering at the hands of Armagh method back in January.
In order to provide themselves a combating possibility Cavan will need to be far more scientific than they were during last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Kildare in Newbridge, when the Breffnimen were left to rue the very first half objective opportunity that avoided Niall Murray, before the hammer blow of a Martin Reilly missed penalty.
The Lilywhites also took upon a number of brief kick-outs from Raymond Galligan to leave their opponents dealing with an uphill difficulty.
Over the past years Roscommon have been something of a bogey side for Cavan however they buried that in 2015 with a comprehensive 3-13 to 0-13 thrashing of the Rossies – two goals from Conor Madden, who came on as a 2nd half sub versus Kildare, and outstanding displays from Murray and Reilly relieving them throughout the line.
Something similar today would send them into next Saturday’s Ulster Champion showdown against neighbours Monaghan in high spirits. With so much at stake you would elegant them, just – however much will depend on what Roscommon appear.