Lory Meagher Round 4 - Lancashire 0-24 v 1-18 Cavan   15/05/2017

Lory Meagher Round 4
Lancashire 0-24 v 1-18 Cavan

Lancashire proved there is nothing like home, as they registered their second Old Bedians victory of the Lory Meagher campaign. And just like in their opening success; Ronan Crowley stole the show. The Cork man registered twenty points, seven which came from play, in unerring display of finishing that put Lancashire beyond the reaches of Cavan. This display by the Red Roses, was unlike their previous victory where they dominated all over the field against Fermanagh. This time, they had to graft, and graft hard, to keep their slim chances of reaching the Lory Meagher final alive. For long periods it looked the Breffni would emerge victorious, but Lancashire are made of tougher stuff these days and three late Crowley efforts put them over the line.

Early points from Crowley and a sweet effort over the shoulder from Aidan Slattery gave Lancashire an early lead, but the Sheanon boys; Joe and Cillian kept Cavan in touch. The Ulster men however, were giving away needless ‘frees’ and when you have someone like the calibre of Crowley standing over them, they were sure to be punished; and they were. He stretched Lancashire’s lead to three points after 20 minutes before Column Sheanon smashed the sliotar passed Vincent Morrisey in the Lancashire goal to give parity to Cavan. It was a fine finish from a fine hurler. Column in fact scored two points for his home club Cuala, in the All-Ireland Club Final success against Ballyea only two months previous. Next, it was the turn of Cillian Sheanon to score for Cavan, he also lines out for the famous Dublin outfit, to level after another Crowley score. Late points from Crowley for Lancashire and Column Sheanon and Diarmuid Cahill for Cavan left the score Lancashire 0-11 to Cavan’s 1-08.

The second-half began in a stop-start fashion, as teams traded points over the course of the opening 15 minutes; but by then it was Cavan who emerged stronger. Cahill began to get a foothold in midfield, as he slight of touch and his great passing, stood him apart from everyone on the field as the game was in the melting point. Then a fine effort from Cavan’s Fiacra Hughes after 25 minutes of the second-half stretched their lead to four points and it seemed there would only be one winner. To make matters worse for Lancashire, they were reduced to 14 men after the dismissal of Simon Wallace for two yellow cards. It is here however, where Lancashire showed their mettle. Three ‘frees’ from Corwley, one being in within his own ‘65’, put them ahead by one point going into injury-time. With two points down, Cavan had a 21 metre ‘free’ right in front of the Lancashire goal, but Cahill’s contact was not ‘clean’ and his effort was foiled by Morrisey in the Lancashire goal. The referee soon blew the whistle to signal the end of the game and give Lancashire an outside chance next week.

Lancashire must now hope for a victory against already-qualified Warwickshire next week, while hoping Leitrim can beat Sligo. It then boils down to scoring difference, light the candles.........

Lancashire:Vincent Morrisey; Liam Knocker, Colm Larkin, Justin Cleere; Simon Wallace, Greg Jacob, Nathan Unwin; Thomas Duane, David Cahalane (0-01); Daragh O’Brien (0-01), Stephen Duncan, Ronan Crowley (0-20, 14f); Sean Power, Daire Maskey, Aidan Slattery (0-02)

Cavan:Darren Sheridan; Daithi Neary, Mark Hayes,.Donal Kelly; Kevin O’Reilly, Anthony Sheridan, Matthew Hynes (vc); Niall Browne, Dairmuid Cahill (0-05, 4f); Stephen Harten (0-02, 2f), Column Sheanon (1-06), Fiacra Hughes (0-02); Killian Sheanon (0-02), Rob Everett (vc) , Michael Sexton (0-01)

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