No fairytale for Cavan as Kerry maintain control

Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9

No fairytale for Cavan as Kerry maintain control

Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9

Cavan's first ever All-Ireland SFC quarter-final appearance ended in heartbreak following a six-point loss to Kerry at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Kingdom were always in control, as Eamon Fitzmaurice's charges booked a semi-final date with Dublin.

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper excelled for the Munster champions, and bagged six points in the process in a game which Kerry led for the most part.

Top-scorer in the Championship so far Martin Dunne got the Breffni Blues off to a perfect start with the opening point of this game after four minutes, but this would be the Cavan Gaels clubman's lone score of the contest, as Kerry made their class show.

Terry Hyland's charges would be on the back foot soon after as the Kingdom kicked into gear to push 0-11 to 0-2 ahead at the interval, and Cavan were left with a lot of to do in the second half.

Despite Dunne's early score it would take a further 26 minutes for Cavan to add to their tally, with nine unanswered points during this spell from their opponents.

Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley, Cooper, Kieran Donaghy and Declan O'Sullivan all claimed scores as Kerry moved 0-9 to 0-1 in front.

Buckley and Cooper impressed from dead ball situations, with some excellent scores also from play helping the Kingdom get firmly on top.

Midfielder David Givney broke Cavan's scoring dead-lock with five minutes to go before half-time, with Breffni supporters beginning to wonder where it was all going wrong.

Cooper helped Kerry to a nine-point interval lead, but Cavan were resilient on the restart, with a more competitive encounter produced in the second half.

Substitute Niall McDermott added greatly to the Cavan cause and fired over two points from frees to cut the gap to seven points.

Terry Hyland's side were beginning to come into this game more in the midfield sector but Kerry hit back.

However, two Eugene Keating frees again brought Cavan back into contention.

A super Cian Mackey point cut the gap to five points with 10 minutes left on the clock, but despite Cavan's dominance they were unable to convert further possession into scores, with three wides in succession as Kerry held out for victory.

A late Cooper point, his sixth of the afternoon provided the insurance score as Kerry advanced to their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2011.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 0-6 (4f); J Buckley (0-1 45, 2f), D Walsh 0-3 each Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, D Moran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cavan: N McDermott 0-3 (2f); E Keating 0-2 (2f); M Dunne, D Givney, C Mackey, M Reilly (0-1 45) 0-1 each.

KERRY: B Kealy; F Fitzgerald, M Ó Sé, S Enright; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; D O'Sullivan, K Donaghy, D O'Sullivan. Subs: P Geaney for Donaghy (49); K O’Leary for Walsh (52); P Curtin for Darran O’Sullivan (60); E Brosnan for Young (62); M Geaney for Galvin (67).

CAVAN: A O'Mara; T Corr, R Dunne, K Clarke; J McLoughlin, A Clarke, R Flanagan, D O'Reilly; D Givney, C Mackey; D McVeety, F Flanagan, M Reilly; M Dunne, E Keating. Subs: N McDermott for R Flanagan (35); M Argue for Corr (44); J Brady for M Reilly (49); J McEnroe for Givney (58); K Tierney for Keating (69).

REFEREE: Eddie Kinsella (Laois).

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