Enda O’Reilly kicked 1-5 as Cavan eased to an easy win over a combined Scotland team in Edinburgh to reach the county’s first All-Ireland JFC final since 1962.
Cavan, stacked with Ulster U21 medallists, were in control from the outset. Captain Packie Leddy opened the scoring a few seconds in and further scores from Enda Hessin, Paul Smith and O’Reilly helped them to a 0-5 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes. Cavan led 0-10 to 0-2 at half-time and got the goal that killed off the contest in the second-half when O’Reilly reacted quickest after Scotland’s Martin Hannah saved from Chris Conroy.
SCOTLAND: M Hannah, R McGurk, M Whelan, C Lowney, J Crean, P Tobin, J Dolan, B McAteer (0-1), R Howe, E McCann, A Ward (0-3, 2f), P Cribbin, E Lyons, T Gallagher (0-1), E Keane
Subs: F Molloy (0-1) for McCann, A Moore for Crean
CAVAN: J Farrelly; D Barkey, J Morris, F Reilly; C Brady, B Sankey, P Smith (0-3); L Buchanan, P Leddy (0-1); N Smith, C Conroy (0-1), E O’Reilly (1-5, 3f); T Hayes (0-1), E Hessin (0-3), P O’Connor (0-2)
Subs: B Doyle for Hessin, T Moore for Hayes, F Smith for Barkey, N Clerkin (0-1) for O’Connor, C Caffrey for Conroy.
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)