Hyland hails players’ honesty as Cavan romp home

Allianz FL Division 2 Round 2: Laois 2-6 Cavan 0-17: Neither the absence of light in their dressing room nor the malfunctioning showers could affect the good humour amongst the Cavan contingent at O’Moore Park on Saturday night.

Hyland hails players’ honesty as Cavan romp home

Winning manager Terry Hyland praised the honesty of his young players after they emerged with a hugely impressive victory over the hosts.

Hyland’s team had eight individual scorers as Laois failed to cope with their defensive patterns and pace on the counter-attack.

Donie Kingston scored two goals, taking his second brilliantly just before half-time. Laois hit two points early in the second half and Cavan were somehow behind, despite playing most of the quality football.

Hyland was not concerned though.

“Not really because the honesty is in that team and they’ll keep working until it does turn around” said the manager.

“Even last week in Roscommon, there were times when we gifted scores to Roscommon but we came back to level. These lads don’t lie down. The lads work hard and that goes down to the honesty factor.”

Having gone on a seven-point scoring run in the first half after trailing by four, Cavan responded to going behind in the second with an eight-point flourish, with Laois held scoreless until the third minute of injury time.

“It goes back to the hard work and the honesty factor. Sometimes when you put a team on the back foot and they have to defend, it takes them out of the scoring zone.

“The weather has been kind. Normally you don’t get conditions like that out there at this time of the year. The pitch was in great condition.

“We have speed. We’re not the biggest team in the world but we have a bit of pace and God was good to us as far as the conditions are concerned.”

Cavan remain unbeaten after drawing with Roscommon in their opener and Hyland is looking to build on the positive start to life in Division 2.

“We’re very happy and it’s where we wanted to be. We were hoping to have four points to be honest with you. We didn’t just come in to prop up the bottom of the League. In saying that, we’re only into round two and there are an awful lot of games to be played yet.”

Ronan Flanagan and Damien O’Reilly caused mayhem with their runs from deep and the latter scored two points from half-back to go with four from Niall McDermott as they went in at the break level, 2-3 to 0-9.

Laois began the second half well again, with points from a Kingston free and Ross Munnelly’s left boot but Cavan’s devastating speed continued to cause problems and they imposed themselves once more.

Again they turned Laois over at will and hit them on the break. After Munnelly’s 43rd minute effort crept inside the upright, Laois didn’t score again until the third minute of injury time, when the same player’s blasted free was tipped over by Gilsenan. Cavan were dominant and despite kicking 14 wides, they put the game to bed with those eight unanswered points, including two wonderful efforts by substitute James McEnroe.

CAVAN: C Gilsenan, K Brady, R Dunne, J MacLoughlin, P Smith, F Flanagan, D O’Reilly, K Clarke, G McKiernan, R Flanagan, M Reilly, M McKeever, D McVeety, M Dunne, N McDermott.

Subs: B Reilly for McKeever (ht); J McEnroe for R Dunne (46), J Brady for M Dunne (64), P Tinnelly for McDermott (67), N Murray for McVeety (69), J Hayes for K Brady BC (70+3).

LAOIS: G Brody, P McMahon, M Timmons, G Hanrahan, D Strong, R Kehoe, C Boyle, J Finn, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher, C Begley, B Sheehan, R Munnelly, D Kingston, E O’Carroll.

Subs: E Keane for Finn (51), E Lowry for Sheehan (61), G Dillon for Lowry inj (69).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

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