Cavan and Offaly join Down at top of Division 3 as Westmeath get off the mark

February 05, 2023

Cavan's Oisin Kiernan ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Cavan overcame a shaky start to turn in an impressive display against Tipperary at Kingspan Breffni this afternoon and record their second win in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League.

The Blues’ 1-19 to 1-7 didn’t look likely after Sean O’Connor hit their net on the 10-minute mark to send Tipp four points clear.

However, with Dara McVeety to the fore for them again, Mickey Graham’s men got motoring and a goal from Kildallan’s Ryan O’Neill  two minutes from the break had then up by five and in the second-half they’d boss the visitors to win out by a dozen.

In Tullamore, Offaly edged Fermanagh by 1-9 to 1-8 to score their second win in as many weeks while condemning their Ulster counterparts to a first defeat.

In what was an airtight contest throughout, Garvan Jones’s point had the visitors up by one with five minutes remaining but they weren’t able to hold on.

Instead, Bernard Allen levelled with three minutes to go and, in the fourth minute of injury-time, Cian Farrell sailed over the winner for the Faithful men.

Dessie Dolan’s Westmeath side bounced back from their opening loss to Cavan by thrashing neighbours Longford on a 4-16 to 0-9 scoreline at Pearse Park.

The Lake men only led by one (0-8 to 0-7) at half-time before blowing away the hosts with goals via Luke Loughlin, Lorcan Dolan, John Heslin and Sam McCartan after the turnaround to wrap up the points.

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