Gaels force too much for Castlerahan in Cavan
Seanie Johnston inspires Cavan Gaels to their first senior football title since 2014
Cavan Gaels’ Micheal Lyng lifts the trophy after their win over Castlerahan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Cavan Gaels 0-13 Castlerahan 0-8
Cavan Gaels captured their first county SFC title since 2014 with the minimum of fuss at Kingspan Breffni.
Veteran Seanie Johnston collected his tenth county medal and the man of the match award in what was a real tour de force.
Castlerahan were their own worst enemies, though, as they set about trying to claim first ever title.
They let the Gaels off the hook when Paul Smith blasted his shot over instead of under the black spot on 16 minutes and then Cian Mackey’s effort from the penalty spot - after Daniel Lynch was brought down - flashed wide of the junction of crossbar and upright in the 23rd minute.
Seanie Johnston and Robert Maloney-Derham compounded Castlerahan’s travails by splitting the posts with consummate ease.
Thereafter, Johnston’s points proved pivotal in steering his side into a 0-7 to 0-2 interval lead but points after the break from Oisin O’Connell, Oisín Kiernan and Mackey kept Castlerahan in touch.
Cavan Gaels: C Flynn; L Fortune, N Murray, K Meehan; S Murray, B Fortune (0-1), L Murphy; P Graham, R Maloney-Derham (0-2); N Smith (0-2), M Lyng, A Graham; P O’Connor, S Johnston (0-5, 2f), M Dunne (0-2, 1f). Subs: D Sexton for S Murray (42 mins); D Meehan (0-1) for A Graham (49 mins); S Fitzsimons for B Fortune (BC, 61 mins); V Coyle for P O’Connor (62 mins).
Castlerahan: J Leahy; S Cooney, O Kiernan(0-2, 1 45), E O’Connell; P Smith, F Reilly, P Smith (0-1); C Daly (0-1), D Wright; B Coleman, R Flanagan, D Lynch; S Brady (0-1), C Mackey (0-1, 1f), E Flanagan. Subs: O O’Connell (0-1) for B Coleman (h/t); C McEnroe (0-1) for D Lynch (43 mins); P Brady for S Brady (62 mins); G Daly for E Flanagan (64 mins).
Ref: G Sheridan (Mullahoran)