Cavanagh seizes his chance

SEAN CAVANAGH believes he may be the solution to Tyrone’s midfield problems.

Cavanagh produced an awesome display when switched to the central region in the second half of Sunday's win over Donegal, hitting four superb points to cap his finest display for the senior side.

Now he hopes to continue with midfield duties.

"It's unbelievable to get my chance at midfield," said Cavanagh, who moved out from corner-forward following an injury to Kevin Hughes in the opening moments of the second half.

"That's my natural position, where I have been playing all my life, and I'm just happy to get my chance. In at corner-forward the ball wasn't really dropping or falling for me in the last couple of games.

"But out in midfield, it's a dream, especially to play there for Tyrone."

Cavanagh garnered a reputation at minor and U21 level as a powerful midfielder, confidently taking the game to opponents and fearlessly running at defences. Red Hand fans had been patiently waiting to see his heroics repeated at senior level.

"I have been waiting for that chance, even last year. I think that's my game, to take the ball at defences. Now I am glad to have got my chance, and hopefully I took it. It's been my dream since a young age to play midfield for Tyrone."

Meanwhile Laois boss Mick O'Dwyer has called for the pick up rule to be abolished. The Midlander's full-back Colm Byrne was penalised for picking up straight off the ground in the dying minutes of their tie with Down on Sunday and Michael Walsh's subsequent free almost cost them a share of the spoils.

"That pick-up is an awful disaster. It should be allowed in the game. Sixty percent of the time lads are getting away with it and 40% of the time lads are getting penalised. What they should do of course is allow the pick up off the ground and you'd have a cleaner game of football."

O'Dwyer however was pleased with the emergence of young Ross Munnelly in the weekend encounter.

Trailing by a point in injury time, the U21 forward took to the field and with his first-ever kick in senior football sent over an audacious point to level the game.

"Ross Munnelly is a good young player and we have a good few more that we're not playing at the moment," said the former Kerry and Kildare manager.

"They're (the U21s) playing Westmeath in the first round in six weeks and we'll see how far they go, but fellas are fighting are fighting for places here that's for sure."

O'Dwyer's successful courtship of former stars Damien Delaney and Hughie Emerson who made his first Laois start in almost three years on Sunday has covered more column inches than any of the unearthed young blood so far, but the open door policy is making waves within the camp.

"It's been great the way Micko has given so many players a chance up till now," said one county player. "We must have had nearly 100 lads try out since he arrived and lads from smaller, less renowned clubs are getting a run.

"It's not that other managers didn't have open minds about who to pick but, as an outsider, Micko just didn't let any county politics get in the way. If a player was good enough, he got picked."

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