Cavan confident of booking a final spot in Division Two

Geraldine McLaughlin of Donegal, against Cavan's Shauna Lynch during last year's Lidl Ladies Football National League, Division 2, semi-final 
Louise Glass

Cavan finished their league campaign strongly with three wins, not necessarily to ensure a semi-final place but more to ensure safety, such was the challenge of life in Division Two.

Aidan McCabe’s side, however, managed to finish joint top with five wins from seven, second only to Westmeath after a head-to-head round one defeat.

Their reward is Sunday’s semi-final clash with Clare, the second of a double header at Birr with the other Division Two semi-final between Westmeath and Laois at 1pm.

Had you not had eyes on how Division Two unfolded, you would have thought Cavan easily made the last four, but that certainly was not the case.

“We had a bit of work to do to get there,” said McCabe, who hopes their resilience and determination will stand to them on Sunday.

“After the defeat to Tyrone in the fourth round we knew we hadn’t too much of a safety net and that we needed the points from every game.

“Even in the final game against Laois, if we hadn’t won that one we would have finished level on points with Tyrone and because of the head-to-head they would have went through to the semi-finals.

“We really were pinned all the way and needed to produce the performance that we did over the last three games and hopefully that will stand to us on Sunday. 

“We are looking forward to it and it’s where we want to be at this end of the league and we are confident among ourselves that we can defeat Clare and book our place in a final.”

Clare and Cavan met way back in round two in early February and although two points down at half-time, the Ulster side came back to win by four, but what happened then counts for little now as they prepare to face each other again nearly three months later.

“We will focus on what we can control, on ourselves while at the same time we won’t fail to overlook where their threat is and what we might do to counteract that. But we are in control of ourselves and we will look to our own side and look to keep improving.

“We are very confident in our own ability and what we can do. We know how difficult Clare will be to get over and whoever comes out of either semi-final on Sunday will have had a good, tough 60 minutes under their belt and day’s work done and look towards a final, and hopefully that will be us.”

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