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Terry Hyland urges Cavan to grab promotion chance

Updated: Monday, 28 Mar 2016 09:03 | Comments

Cavan manager Terry Hyland (L) and Jack Brady
Cavan manager Terry Hyland (L) and Jack Brady

Cavan manager Terry Hyland wants his players to 'push on' and secure promotion to Division 1 when they face Galway in a winner-takes-all clash next Sunday.

The Breffni men held off a late rally from Laois to put themselves in the driving seat to secure the second promotion spot from Division 2 and a place in the final against Tyrone.

A draw will be enough at home to the Tribesmen but Hyland warns that anything other than targeting a win is a dangerous mentality.

"We still have to get a result," he told RTÉ Sport. "At minimum, we need a draw or a win.

"You don't work on those fine margins so we need to just push on and get a victory out of it."

Cavan have bounced back impressively from defeats in their opening games, with the victory over Laois their fourth in a row.

"We felt we should have got something out of the Derry game and the Tyrone game, possibly," said Hyland.

"You have to push it across the line and you have to play till the very end."

"We played as well or maybe better in those two games than we played today. But that's sport. You have to push it across the line and you have to play till the very end.

"We went a little bit defensive (against Laois). Subconsciously, you can decide to defend a lead.

"It wasn't what we asked them to do, we asked them to push it on but when Laois got it back to three points we did respond and that was the good part of it."

Seanie Johnston has had an impressive return to the Cavan jersey after a five-year absence and scored 1-03 on Sunday.

He could be a doubt for the crunch Galway clash after being replaced with a hamstring injury but Hyland is confident he has the resources to replace the Cavan Gaels sharpshooter.

"Everybody (injured) is a loss but it goes back to the bench and we have lads who are willing and able to come in," said Hyland.

"Jack Brady came in and contributed two points from play. We have lots of guys who can come in and contribute."

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