Date Time Competition Season
23 April 2022 2:00 pm Ulster SFC 2022

Match Report

Solid second half sees Cavan past Antrim

A second-half flurry was enough for Cavan to progress to the Ulster Senior Football Championship, beating 14-man Antrim 1-20 to 0-10 at Corrigan Park today.

A second-half flurry was enough for Cavan to progress to the Ulster Senior Football Championship, beating 14-man Antrim 1-20 to 0-10 at Corrigan Park today. 

A fairly wasteful shooting performance in the first-half from The Breffnimen meant that they were only ahead by a point at the break, but an early onslaught after the restart helped them storm ahead.

Mickey Graham’s men dominated proceedings from the first whistle but failed to get a score until five minutes in when Gerard Smith kicked the ball over. 

After a few shots dropped short into the hands of Antrim goalkeeper Michael Byrne, James Smith doubled their lead followed up shortly by Gearoid McKiernan to make it 0-3 to 0-0 before 20 minutes. 

Antrim struggled at the start of the game to hold on to the ball, Ryan Murray managed to get their first score after 25 minutes with a great point off of his left foot. 

Patrick Lynch scored his first of eight points just after and the game began to open up. 

Antrim forced a lot of turnovers from goal kicks to start getting scores on the board and it was Murray again who scored for Antrim to make it a one point game at the break as Cavan led 0-7 to 0-6. 

Cavan had 17 shots at the break but had only managed to get seven scores. 

However, they began to pull away in the second-half, Lynch getting two quick scores and Raymond Galligan scoring a free to make it 0-11 to 0-8. 

Things went from bad to worse for The Saffrons when Michael McCann received a second yellow card for a foul on Patrick Lynch. 

Lynch would get his sixth and seventh points from frees in the following five minutes. 

Gearoid McKiernan would put the game to bed with 10 minutes to go when he put the ball into Michael Byrne’s net to extend Cavan’s lead to nine points. 

Cavan would score four more points in the final 10 minutes to put the result beyond doubt. 

They will face either Armagh or Donegal in the semi-final. 


1Michael Byrne Goalkeeper
2Eoghan McCabe 22 Defender 62'
24Conor Steward Midfielder 29'
3Peter Healy Defender 51'
5Paddy McAleer Defender 34'
6James Laverty 23 Defender
7Dermot McAleese Defender 26'
8Kevin Small Forward 46'
9Michael McCann Midfielder 31'
10Ryan Murray Forward 23', 35', 60'
11Marc Jordan Defender 43'
12Ruairi McCann 18 Forward
13Odhran Eastwood 21 Forward
14Conor Murray Forward 37'
15Tomas McCann 20 Forward
16Chris Kerr Goalkeeper
17Ronan Boyle Defender
18Jamie Gribbin 12 Forward 56'
19Eoin Hynds Defender
20Declan Lynch 15 Defender
21Patrick McBride 13 Forward
22Barry McCormick 2 Defender
23Patrick McCormick 6 Defender
4Martin Johnston Forward
25Dominic McEnhill Forward
26Eunan Walsh Forward


1Raymond Galligan Goalkeeper 47'
2Jason McLoughlin Defender
3Padraig Faulkner Defender 70'
4Killian Brady Defender
5Luke Fortune Defender
6Killian Clarke Defender
7Conor Brady 24 Midfielder
8Thomas Galligan
9James Smith Midfielder 14'
10Gerard Smith Forward 5', 37', 38'
11Gearoid McKiernan Forward 59'
18', 55'
12Conor Moynagh Forward
13Cormac O’Reilly 21 32'
14Paddy Lynch Forward 25', 27', 25', 40', 43', 52', 58', 63'
15Cian Madden 19 Forward
16Liam Brady
17Michael Argue Midfielder
18Chris Conroy Defender
19Caoimhin O’Reilly 15
20Niall Murray
21Martin Reilly 13 Forward 67'
22Conor Madden Forward
23Evan Finnegan Defender
25Benjamin Kelly
26Ryan O’Neill Forward
24Ciaran Brady 7 Defender
  • 73'

    McLaughlin scores

  • 72'

    Faulkner scores

  • 68'

    Martin Reily scores

  • 63'

    Paddy Lynch scores again

  • 60'

    Ryan Murray scores

  • 59'

    GOAL! It's McKiernan that scores for Cavan

  • 58'

    Lynch with another free

  • 56'

    Jamie Gribbin scores for Antrim

  • 55'

    McKiernan scores

  • 52'

    Sixth point of the day for Paddy Lynch

  • 52'

    Michael McCann gets his second yellow of the game!

  • 47'

    Raymond Galligan scores a free from distance

  • 46'

    Kevin Small scores after a nice team move

  • 43'

    Paddy Lynch with another free

  • 39'

    Lynch scores

  • 38'

    Gerard Smith with the score

  • 37'

    Conor Murray levels the score

  • 35'

    Second-half begins

  • 35'

    HT: Cavan lead by a point at the break but will be disappointed not to be ahead by more

  • 32'

    O'Reilly gives Cavan a two point lead

  • 31'

    Michael McCann with a nice point

  • 29'

    Conor Stewart scores

  • 27'

    Patrick Lynch with his third point of the day from a free this time

  • 26'

    McAleese scores for Antrim

  • 25'

    Patrick Lynch scores from a free

  • 23'

    Murray manages to score a great point

  • 22'

    Ryan Murray shoots from a long free-kick but it goes wide. Antrim yet to get on the scoreboard

  • 18'

    Gearoid McKiernan scores frome a free

  • 14'

    James Smith puts the ball over the bar

  • 12'

    Another wide from Cavan as Gerard Smith puts it wide

  • 7'

    Michael Byrne makes a good save

  • 5'

    Gerard Smith gets the first point of the game

  • 2'

    Patrick Lynch with a free that goes wide

  • 1'

    And we are underway

  • These two met in the 2020 championship with Cavan coming out the winners on their way to an All-Ireland semi-final

  • It's Antrim's first home championship game since 2013

  • Cavan to follow

  • Antrim team news is in

  • My name is Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action in today's clash

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Corrigan Park, Naomh Eoin CLG, Belfast, County Antrim

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.