Paddy Tally is anticipating a stern test test from Cavan next weekend after his Down side inflicted a 1-15 to 0-11 defeat on Fermanagh in their Ulster SFC quarter-final at Brewster Park. 

Down led by just a point at the interval, but powered away from their opponents after the restart, with Donal O'Hare netting a goal that ended Fermanagh resistance. 

That score was created by the influential Caolan Mooney, who was returning to the fray after suffering a serious assault last year. 

"The first half was a typical Ulster Championship match – very tight and nervy," Tally told RTÉ Sport afterwards.   

"Both times were playing it tight and cautious.

"We hadn't played a game in a long time, we weren't entirely sure where we were, so it took a bit of time to get the confidence up.

"But I thought as the game opened up we were value for our win." 

The Mourne men want have a chance to rest on their laurels, with a semi-final against Cavan set for next weekend. Tally believes overcoming Mickey Graham's charges will prove a far more arduous task. 

"Cavan are a different team to Fermanagh," Tally said. "They're very different in the way they play.

"They're physically very strong and very big around the middle. They've two or three very sharp forwards that will score.

"Gearoid McKiernan is worth four or five points to that team, whereas Fermanagh probably didn't have that key marksman from play. 

"He's a different proposition, and they also have other players like Martin Reilly and Cormac O'Reilly. 

"They've really, really good footballers, so we expect a very tough game and all we can do is get our homework done and get planning for it."

Fermanagh manager Ryan McMenamin conceded that O'Hare's second-half score proved a key turning point. 

"The goal killed us," he said.  

"If you look back at the first half, we were right in it. 

"There were silly mistakes and we gave away the ball and they came down and scored frees. That kept them in it. 

"If you don't take your chances playing football, it does drain the life out of you."

Covid-19 has hampered Fermanagh's championship build-up, but McMenamin remained magnanimous in defeat.

"It's been difficult, but it's the same for everybody else," he said

"We're not going to make any excuses."