Paul Comiskey got Down going with a goal in the 4th minutes and they weren’t flattered by their 1-3 to 0-1 first quarter lead. But Cavan hit four unanswered points to draw level, 0-8 to 1-5, at the interval, with Dunne notching three on the trot.
When Dunne hit his eighth point in the 45th minute to put the hosts 0-10 to 1-6 in front, it looked like a home win was on the cards. However, Down introduced some heavy artillery from the bench in the last half-hour pand they hit the final three points to secure victory.
CAVAN: A O’Mara; O Minagh, A Clarke, K Brady; P Reilly, J McCutcheon, D O’Reilly; T Corr, G McKiernan (0-3); C Mackey, N McDermott, M McKeever; K Meehan, D McKiernan, M Dunne (0-9, 0-3f).
Subs: N Murray for K Meehan (6); O O’Connell for N Murray (41); M Brady for J McCutcheon (64).
DOWN: M Cunningham; D McCartan, B McArdle, R Boyle (0-1); D O’Hagan, G McAnulty, C Garvey; K King, K McKiernan; R Kelly (0-2, one free), A Carr, D Savage (0-1, free); C Harrison (0-3), P Turley, P McComiskey (1-0).
Subs: B Coulter (0-2) for C Garvey (10); M Poland for D McCartan (44); L Doyle (0-2, two frees) for A Carr (43); C Laverty for D Savage (43); O Costello for P Turley (51); A Carr for K King (57).
Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh)