Rossies into All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarters after racking up 3-20 against Cavan

June 15, 2024

Roscommon's Enda Smith has his first goal attempt stopped on the line by Cavan's Niall Carolan ©INPHO/John McVitty

Roscommon put themselves into Monday morning’s draw for the All-Ireland senior football championship preliminary quarter-finals after seeing off Cavan by 3-20 to 1-20 at Pearse Park this evening.

Both sides had been winless in the group stages coming into this third-round encounter, meaning a place in the knock-out stages was up for grabs and it was the Connacht men that earned it.

Davy Burke’s charges had led by 0-7 to 0-5 when Diarmuid Murtagh sent in their first goal on 21 minutes and they’d go on to hold a 1-11 to 0-10 lead at half-time.

Brian Stack registered the Rossies’ second major five minutes into the restart and, while Cavan were able to pull back a goal through Dara McVeety some 13 minutes later, they’d concede another umpire’s green flag soon afterwards.

This time talisman Enda Smith rifled to the Breffni net, making it 3-15 to 1-17, and the time remaining saw Conor Cox (2), Ciaran Lennon and Murtagh all sailing over points before Andy Glennon rounded off the winners’ tally.

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