Recent History – Cavan vs Armagh

Armagh have held the upper against Cavan in recent years, having won the last three meetings between the teams.

Last year the sides clashed in the first round of the McKenna Cup, also in Breffni Park, which Armagh won.

The teams clashed twice in 2020, in the McKenna Cup and league, and twice in the championship in 2019.

2022: Cavan 0-11 Armagh 1-12 (McKenna Cup R1)

Last year’s meeting was a tightly fought encounter, with an Armagh goal the main difference in the end.

A brilliant, chipped pass from Rian O’Neill to Ross McQuillan saw finish to an empty net after Raymond Galligan had pressed forward.

The Cullyhanna man was the last of nine Armagh scorers, with Jarly Og Burns, Jemar Hall and Rory Grugan all hitting 0-2 apiece.

Aidan Forker, lining out at corner forward, also got on the scoresheet as did debutant Ciaran Mackin.

2020: Armagh 2-18 Cavan 1-8 (National Football league R1)

Following Armagh’s victory over Cavan in the 2020 McKenna Cup, they dominated the Breffni Blues in the league.

The Orchard County lead by double scores at the half time break, 0-10 to 0-5. They took control in the second half.

Conor Turbitt was in terrific form and top scored for the Armagh side with 1-6, 1-5 coming from play.

Stefan Campbell also hit the net while Padraig Faulkner was responsible for Cavan’s second half major.

Armagh have won all three of the previous meetings with Cavan
Photo Credit: John Merry

2020: Cavan 1-13 Armagh 2-17 (McKenna Cup R1)

This game is perhaps best remembered as Conor Turbitt’s debut display as he top scored for Armagh with 2-2.

Despite his scoring display, it was Rian O’Neill who picked up the Man of the Match award as Armagh ran out seven-points.

Martin Reilly struck a first half Cavan goal, but Armagh held the upper hand at the interval, 1-14 to 1-7.

O’Neill rattled off 0-3, matched by his older brother Oisin along with Aidan Nugent.

Armagh have won all three of the previous meetings with Cavan

2019: Armagh 0-17 Cavan 0-23 (USFC semi-final replay)

Three late points from super sub Cian Mackey brought this game to a replay and it was Cavan who booked their spot in the decider.

Armagh made a great start to this one but didn’t bring their shooting boots and trailed by three at the interval.

The Orchard County narrowed the gap to one on numerous occasions but couldn’t get back on level terms.

Crossmaglen duo Jamie Clarke (0-7) and Rian O’Neill (0-6), in his debut season, done the majority of the scoring for Armagh.

Armagh have won all three of the previous meetings with Cavan
Photo Credit: John Merry