SFC: Ruthless Ramor tear Denn apart

August 05, 2016

Denn's Michael Gaffney keeps possession from Kevin Mulvany of Ramor during the Cavan SFC game at Breffni Park.

Ramor United 4-18

Denn 1-6

Relentless Ramor took no prisoners this evening as they thrashed Denn in the opening round of the Cavan senior football championship at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Micheál McDermott's side had 21 points to spare over their Crosskeys counterparts, who were simply no match for them, as goals from brothers Jack and James Brady saw them take control early on before Cathal Maguire struck their third nine minutes into the second-half to finish the game as a contest.

After falling six behind in as many minutes, Denn recovered well thanks to Damien Callaghan's 11th minute goal but couldn't keep to the leader's pace and only managed 0-1 in the second-half to Ramor's 2-9.

The winners had made the perfect start to this county championship opener, firing off 1-3 without response as points from Shane Gaffney, Adrian Cole and James Brady punished a sluggish start from the men on maroon ahead of the Adrian Cole sending Jack Brady through for the green flag.

Alan Tierney fisted over at the other end in the seventh minute to help stem the tide a bit and the Crosskeys side would be rattling the net themselves four minutes later.

Some good work from Cavan minor star Thomas Edward Donohoe saw him hold up possession at left half-forward and offload to an onrushing Damien Callaghan, who 'one-twoed' with Tomas Corr and finished to the far corner of Aaron Farrelly's net.  

Ramor hit back in the best possible fashion via Jack Brady setting-up his brother James and the tricky young forward applied a slick finish for maximum points.

Kevin Mulvany and Ben Conaty (free) traded singles to keep the margin at five ahead of Conaty sending a scoreable free wide off the post and Corr driving through in trademark fashion for the umpire's white flag.

Still very much in authority, the Virginia outfit began to turn the screw before half-time with a brace from James Brady and one from Conor Bradley under no pressure.

Denn 'keeper Mark Fegan stepped up to convert two sorely needed frees (one a 45) but their opponents were well in their rhythm, upping their tally through Jack Brady and Bradley (free) to leave it at 2-9 to 1-5 when the sides went in at the interval.

Another Bradley free put it at double scores early in the restart and the game was well and truly put beyond Denn's reach once Cathal Maguire poached the town side's third goal on 39 minutes.

With victory in the bag, McDermott's charges kicked on for five more points without reply before veteran Jerome Kiernan came off the bench to grab their only score of the half.

A late Jack Brady goal added insult to injury and the victors weren't done yet, as points from subs Simon Cadden and Killian Maguire made sure of the 21-point margin in the end.

Ramor United: Aaron Farrelly; Micheál Smart, Damien Barkey, Mark Magee; James McEnroe, Brian O'Connell, Eoin Sommerville; Stephen Monaghan, Shane Gaffney (0-1); Cathal Maguire (1-0), Conor Bradley (0-5, 2f), Jack Brady (2-2); James Brady (1-3), Adrian Cole (0-2), Kevin Mulvany (0-3). Subs: Killian Maguire (0-1) for S Monaghan (41mins), Shane Cole for C Maguire (47), Gary McEntee for James Brady (52), Simon Cadden (0-1) for E Sommerville (53), Ronan Keating for A Cole (57), James Bradley for C Bradley (59).

Denn: Mark Fegan (0-2, 1f, 1 45); Andrew Cusack-Smith, Adrian Cahill, Bernard Galligan; Damien Callaghan (1-0), Martin Cahill, Michael Gaffney; Tomas Corr (0-1), Alan Tierney (0-1); Brandon Keogan, Thomas Edward Donohoe, Conor O'Reilly; Ben Conaty (0-1, 1f), Cavell Keogan, Noel Crowe. Subs: Killian Brady for A Smith (34mins), Aidan McKiernan for B Keogan (41), Jerome Kiernan (0-1) for A Tierney (50), Shane Rehill for C Keogan (50), Cormac Cusack-Smith for M Gaffney (53), Christopher Cahill for C O'Reilly (56).

Ref: Margaret Farrelly (Laragh United)

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