Hyland has praise for Dunne's team-mates
Updated: Sunday, 19 May 2013 22:10
Despite a nine-point haul from Championship debutant Martin Dunne, Cavan manager Terry Hyland was eager to praise the rest of the team after their win over Armagh.
Dunne hit eight scores from play in their 1-15 to 1-11 win at Breffni Park but Hyland highlighted the assistance the 24-year-old got from his team-mates.
“Martin is a prolific scorer but in fairness the ball has to be got and given to Martin,” Hyland told RTÉ Sport.
“That’s where the team comes into it. Martin’s a finisher and every team has to have a finisher but if you haven’t guys who are going to battle and work out the field it doesn’t happen for him.
“We are still a young side and we know we’ve a lot of work to do but there’s a lot of character and work-rate and honesty."
"Martin is a prolific scorer but in fairness the ball has to be got and given to Martin" - Terry Hyland
Helped by Dunne’s sharpshooting and a Cian Mackey goal, Cavan led by seven points ten minutes into the second half.
But Paul Grimley’s men fought back and Ethan Rafferty’s goal put just two between the side.
Hyland was delighted at how his team responded to the challenge.
He said: “Armagh were always going to come back, they have some class players, it was matter of us soaking it up.
"We probably had a reasonably good cushion at half-time, although we would have liked to be a couple of [more] points ahead.
“It was good to get the win, we knew ourselves it was going to be a tough game.
"I suppose the way we look at it is that it’s May and it’s the preliminary round and we move on to the next round against Fermanagh and that’s where we want to be."
Cavan will play Fermanagh in the Ulster SFC quarter-final on 16 June in Brewster Park.