National Football League Division Four
London v Cavan
Sunday, Ruislip, 12pm
By Niall Gartland
THE main talking point surrounding Cavan in the last week has been their determination to play their upcoming Ulster Championship clash against Antrim away from Corrigan Park, but it should be white noise for the players who are set to play in an important clash against London at Ruislip this Sunday.
The Breffni County slipped up at the weekend against Tipperary, but they have another chance of nailing down a promotion berth in this, their penultimate game of the league.
Mickey Graham will have had plenty to ponder after their defeat to Tipperary, particularly a poor second-half performance where they struggled to break down the mass defence. Better now that in the championship, Cavan fans will hope.
There was an increasing sense that they were becoming a little bit too reliant on Gearoid McKiernan, and given he was kept relatively quiet by the Premier County, perhaps it’s no surprise that they fell to their first defeat of the campaign.
While they have the opportunity to bounce back this weekend, Cavan fans will want to see a little more zip to their attacking play as they were shot-shy on the day and struggled to get their inside forwards into the play. But as a learning experience, they couldn’t get much better with the championship just around the corner.
London have been one of the success stories of the season so far, winning their first three matches. However, a heavy defeat to Sligo at the weekend may have dented their confidence, and it would still be something of a surprise if they get the better of Graham’s men, who will see it as a massive disappointment if they let promotion slip from their grasp.
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