Limerick win with two late goals - report

Cavan 0-11 Limerick 2-8

Cavan 0-11 Limerick 2-8

A two-goal blast in the final quarter gave Limerick a shock win over Cavan in a dramatic All-Ireland Qualifiers replay at Breffni Park.

Cavan looked well on their way to a comfortable win when they held a double scores lead (0-10 to 0-5) 21 minutes into the second period, their opponents having failed to score for more than half an hour.

But from somewhere the visitors found inspiration, and sub Johnny Murphy and Conor Mullane crashed home goals inside four minutes to set up a remarkable success.

Cavan could find no way back, Limerick were on a roll, and they added three late points to finish the job.

The Breffni men had 10 different men on scoresheet, but unfortunately for them, only Finbar O'Reilly, with two, could manage more than a point.

Limerick's sprightly start sparked uncertainty and self-doubt in the Breffni defence, with the accurate Micheal Reidy doing much of the damage in the opening stages.

He steered over two frees and lofted an excellent point from play, before Paul Galligan opened the home side's account with a long range effort which hopped over the bar in the 10th minute.

Limerick's towering central diamond, John Quane, John Galvin and Jason Stokes, were picking up more than their share of possession, and they still led midway through the half, 0-4 to 0-2, Reidy on target again. They could have been further ahead, but Aaron Donohue's brilliant save from jason Stokes denied the Munster men of a goal.

But once Cavan began to find their ball-winning front man Dermot McCabe, things started to work for them.

Finbar O'Reilly, Pierce McKenna and defenders Anthony Forde and Eamon Reilly all hit the target, and as the first half slipped into injury-time, they took the lead for the first time through Jason Reilly to go in at the break ahead by 0-6 to 0-5.

Limerick wastefulness saw them shoot five bad wides in the openign 10 minteus of the second half, while the more exconomical Cavan attack increased hteir advantage through McCabe and Larry Reilly.

Limerick had to wait 22 minutes for their first score of the second half, but they rocked Cavan with two goals in the space of four minutes.

First substitute Johnny Murphy found the net after Reidy's shot had been blocked, then Reidy was the creator again for Conor Mullane to crash home a brilliant goal, Limerick ahead by a point.

The stretched the advantage to four through Reidy, Mullane and Murphy, and Cavan panicked and managed just a single point in the final 20 minutes.

Cavan: A Donohoe, E Reilly (0-1), T Prior, C Hannon, P Galligan (0-1), P Reilly (0-1), A Forde (0-1), P McKenna (0-1), C Collins, J Doonan, L Reilly (0-1), J Reilly (0-1), F O'Reilly (0-2), D McCabe (0-1), G Pierson (0-1).

Subs: C Nelligan for L Reilly, B Corrigan for J Reilly, R Rodgers for McCabe, B McCrudden for Collins, M Graham for Nelligan, C Hickey for Ahern

Limerick: S O'Donnell, M O'Riordan, D Sheehy, T Stack, S Lavin, S Lucey (0-1), D Reidy, J Quane, J Galvin, P Ahern, C Fitzgerald, C Mullane (1-1), S Kelly, J Stokes, M Reidy (0-5).

Subs: J Murphy (1-1) for Fitzgerald, M Galvin for Kelly

Referee: D Joyce (Galway)

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