Cavan v Dublin - Dean Rock


The 2019 League Campaign ends with a win for Jim Gavin’s men over Cavan in Breffni Park

Cavan 1-10
Dublin 1-16

Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan

Dublin’s Senior footballers once again recoiled from defeat to capture a win over Cavan in the final round of this year’s Allianz League Division 1 Campaign. Never really threatened, Jim Gavin’s men did enough this afternoon in Breffni Park to confirm Cavan’s exit from Division 1. Although with other results today, it wouldn’t have mattered had Cavan managed to pull off a win over the All Ireland Champions.

Dean Rock was Dublin’s most prolific forward in today’s contest, registering 0-09 of Dublin’s 1-16 tally. Paul Mannion’s second half goal all but won Dublin the game. But Martin Reilly gave Cavan a fighting chance with 1-01 to his personal tally today.

Rock got Dublin’s scoring off to an early start with a brace, with Dara McVeety scoring from a mark in between. Cavan hit the front for the first and only time with points from Chris Conroy and Gearoid McKiernan. But the lead didn’t last long with Dublin kicking five of the next six scores to start building a gap. Rock blasted the first over the bar and quickly followed it with another three, a mark, from play and a free.

A heated exchange saw as many as 12 players involved with the referee issuing two yellow cards each to both sides to quell the flames. Mannion added another score for Dublin, with Connor Madden responding for the home side. But another free conversion from Rock cancelled it out.

Cavan got a lifeline when Gearoid McKiernan sent a high ball in toward the square to find the hand of Martin Reilly who beat Evan Comerford to the punch. And they could easily have finished the first have in the lead. But after confusion reigned, Reilly’s point attempt was deemed wide and McVeety, from a tight angle hit the upright.

Dublin kill the game and send Cavan down.

Cavan pulled level on the restart with a mark from Reilly and they pushed up as they searched for a second win in the League. Dublin, as usual, went through the gears and teased their opponents. Veteran Reilly and Ciaran Kilkenny traded points before Dublin would finally find the net in the 43rd minute. A mishit shot from Rock dropped short and Mannion pounced, seizing possession and comfortably rattling the net to make it 1-09 to 1-06.

From there, Dublin pushed on. A point from substitute Kevin McManamon and two from Rock put six between them and more or less put the result beyond Cavan.

The home side did have some good chances to narrow the gap in the closing stages, Paul Graham and Killian Clarke registered impressive points but Dublin’s lead was never really threatened and they eased home, with Colm Basquel adding the final score.

Scorers for Cavan:

Martin Reilly 1-03 (1m)
Gearoid McKiernan 0-03 (1f)
Dara McVeety 0-01 (1m)
Chris Conroy 0-01
Conor Madden 0-01
Killian Clarke 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Dean Rock 0-09 (5f, 1m)
Paul Mannion 1-03 (1m)
Ciaran Kilkenny 0-01 (1m)
Kevin McManamon 0-01
Sean Bugler 0-01
Colm Basquel 0-01


1. Raymond Galligan
2. Jason McLoughlin
3. Padraig Faulkner
4. Conor Moynagh
5. Gerard Smith
19. Conor Brady
7. Conor Rehill
8. Dara McVeety
9. Killian Clarke
10. Paul Graham
22. Gearoid McKiernan
23. Chris Conroy
13. Martin Reily
25. James Galligan
15. Conor Madden

Cavan Substitutes:

17. Barry Fortune for McLoughlin (46 mins)
14. Jack Brady for Madden (49)
12. Niall Murray for Graham (52)
6. Stephen Murray for Conroy (63)


1. Evan Comerford
20. Darren Daly
3. David Byrne
4. Cian O’Connor
5. Brian Howard
6. Cian O’Sullivan
7. James McCarthy
8. Michael Daragh Macauley
9. Darren Gavin
10. Paul Flynn
22. Ciaran Kilkenny
12. Niall Scully
13. Dean Rock
14. Con O’Callaghan
15. Paul Mannion

Dublin Substitutes:

24. Kevin McManamon for Flynn (43)
19. Sean Bugler for Scully (48)
23. Philip McMahon for O’Connor (55)
17. Colm Basquel for Mannion (62)
18. Bernard Brogan for Macauley (65)