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Played 3, won 2, drawn 1... Cavan's impressive record in Ulster finals in Armagh

Happy hunting Ground... Cavan battled back from 10 points down to beat Down at the Athletics Ground last Sunday. Pic Philip Walsh.
Andy Watters

SUNDAY'S Ulster final will be the sixth played in Armagh, the fifth at the Athletic Grounds and the third to feature Cavan, who may be underdogs but have never lost a provincial decider in the Cathedral City.

In 1903, the Breffnimen drew with Armagh at Abbey Park (home of Armagh Harps) before finally winning the title in a third replay.

Cavan were much more emphatic winners on their next final appearance in the Orchard County, this time at the Athletic Grounds in 1933. Their 6-11 to 1-2 victory over Tyrone remains the biggest winning margin in a provincial final and the Breffnimen subsequently defeated Galway 2-5 to 1-4 to win the All-Ireland title, becoming the first county from Ulster to do so.

Eight years later in the 1941 final, the last decider to be played in Armagh before Sunday's return, Cavan secured another Ulster title in the shadow of St Patrick's Cathedral. Again the Breffnimen saw off Tyrone, this time 3-9 to 0-5.

In the other two finals played in Armagh, 1927 and 1938, Monaghan beat Armagh.

Donegal, who are chasing a first ever three in-a-row on Sunday, have never featured in an Ulster final at the Athletic Grounds.

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