Cavan hosted Dublin at Kingspan Breffni Park yesterday in the opening round of the National League and over 16,000 fans turned up to see the spectacle.
There were a number of reasons for interest in the game, the Cavan fans wanted to see the All-Ireland champions in the flesh, but they were also there to witness their team’s first appearance in division one in 15 years.
As expected, their return to the top flight ended in defeat, 0-11 to 0-18.
But Cavan will not feel too disheartened as they showed flashes of good play, and they were also boosted to see Gearoid McKiernan appear as a second half substitute which suggests that he could be back to full match fitness sooner than expected.
The reaction on Twitter was one of celebration at the large crowd, but also some jibes at the Sunday Game for their lack of interest in the Breffni Men.
— The metropolitans (@Themetropolita4) February 6, 2017
Best of luck to cavan ladies and cavan seniors 2day, hopefully the start of a long season for both squads #cabhanabu
— cian mackey (@CianMackey) February 5, 2017
— Darragh Noble (@nobleda) February 6, 2017
— Barry McMahon (@barry_mcmahon) February 5, 2017
16,331 the attendance for Dublin Cavan in Kingspan Breffni Park
— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole13) February 5, 2017
— Declan Woods (@woods_declan) February 5, 2017
— Ray McManus (@Sportsfileray) February 5, 2017
@CavanCoBoardGaa As a Dub fan I would like to thank you for your hospitality and the Guards for the excellent post match traffic management
— Murray (@murrayahern) February 6, 2017