By Jack Flynn
Westput 2-12, Cavan 0-9
Two goals early in the first half gave Westput a lead they would not relinquish as the Junior “A” footballers notched a relatively easy 2-12 to 0-9 win over Cavan in the opener at Gaelic Park on Sunday.
“We played well,” said full forward Danny Leary who scored a goal and three points for Westput. “We were hoping for a good win today and we got it.”
The win for Westput came on the strength of a first-half onslaught that left Cavan reeling.
After Noel Sexton scored in the opening minutes to give his side the early lead, Westput hammered home two goals and three points before Cavan got on the board again. It was Leary and Phil Connolly (1 goal, 4 points) that found the back of the net for their side.
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Leary and Cavan’s Dessie O’Reilly each picked up two points before the end of the half, making the score 2-5 to 0-4 Westput at the 30-minute mark.
Cavan might have scored more, but Mike Morris was denied on two separate occasions, once by Westput half back Peter McCormack and the other time by keeper Tommy Feighery.
Despite their first-half success, Westput ran into trouble when Jim Burke was sent off after an errant fist to the face of Cavan’s John McCorry. However, Cavan could not use the advantage to get back into the match.
Neither team scored a goal in the second half, although not for a lack of trying on Cavan’s part. Mike Tierney of Cavan started it off with a brilliant run right through the middle of the Westput defense, but his goal try went off the crossbar.
Connolly played well on both sides of the half in the second half, denying Barry Annette a scoring opportunity on defense and running over two Cavan defenders to notch a point late in the match for Westput.
Connolly’s offensive output made him the high scorer for the match, while O’Reilly paced Cavan with four points.
Westput scorers: Connolly 1-4, Leary 1-3, Farrell, O’Sullivan, Deery, Diamond and McCormack 0-1.
Cavan: O’Reilly 0-4, Sexton 0-2, G. McDermott, Morris and Smith 0-1 each.