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Sunday 22 October 2017

Cavan fans being short-changed

JOE BROLLY recently described Cavan's modern day approach to Gaelic football as The Black Death and though it's a colourful (is black a colour or a shade?) description it's apt.

On the way out of the ground I met a middle aged Cavan fan who was angry - boy, was he angry, and for some reason known only to himself, thought I might be able to do something to help!

Following what must be the worst ever Cavan performance in the history of the Gaelic football championships, he complained to me that Cavan were trying to play a game they did not recognise. My reply that the more basic problem was in fact the realisation that what they were playing was not a game at all - hardly helped but he got my drift.

MEAGRE

Cavan scored a meagre five points in over 75 minutes of play, with the first two points coming in the opening 37 minutes.

Their first score arrived late on to prevent the ultimate embarrassment of a scoreless opening half. For long stretches, they had 13 or 14 men inside their own half and often inside their own 45. I have no idea what they were trying to achieve but somewhere along the line the need to score was obviously going to surface as a requirement.

How the Cavan fans continue to pay in to watch this is beyond me. For such a proud GAA county to end up trying to strangle the game is a sad day indeed. Having dominated their province at U21 level in recent seasons I thought they might develop the confidence to play their football in a reasonably expansive manner. But no. This was indeed The Black Death!

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