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National Hurling League Division Four Round Three – Cavan vs. Tyrone

Thursday 03.03.2011
Team Talk Mag

Cavan vs. Tyrone

Sunday 6th March

At 2:30pm in Kingspan Breffni Park

The Tyrone Senior Hurlers can assume outright control of the Division Four National Hurling League this Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Kingspan Breffni Park to face a Cavan side in apparent turmoil.

Since the appointment of Tom Magill and Tommy Stevenson to the managerial hotseat, the hurling fraternity within Tyrone have pulled together in convincing manner judging by their opening two results. A comfortable 2-19 to 0-9 success over County Leitrim was bettered in Leitrim, when the O’Neill hurlers secured a hard fought 3-15 to 3-11 win over South Down.

Two wins from two starts allows Tyrone to occupy a share of the Division Four leadership with Fermanagh on four points. The Erne men assuming top perch on scoring averages, but as Fermanagh have already faced Cavan, Tyrone will now be hoping that they can post a similar score line to gave them every opportunity of clinching pole position.

Now compare Tyrone’s start to that of Sunday opposition. Cavan have conceded an alarming 11-42 in two games and scored 2-16 in return. The absence of several leading figures for various reasons means that the Breffni men are in total disarray with manager PJ Martin working with a very limited panel of players.

Cavan suffered a humiliating 1-8 to 8-23 defeat in their opening round assignment against Fermanagh before falling 3-19 to 1-8 against Leitrim. With Tyrone enjoying a landslide victory over Leitrim surely the odds on Cavan inflicting a first NHL defeat of the season on Tyrone would be colossal?

Ironically Tyrone’s only success of a disappointing 2010 season came when they defeated Cavan in the opening round of the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship, at Omagh.

Tyrone will travel in confident mood of preserving their winning ways. Cavan’s defence has already leaked 11 goals in two games and given Tyrone’s impressive 5-34 scoring return, it is hard to envisage anything other than a comfortable away win.



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