Lorcan Mulvey of London with Feargal Flanagan and Ronan Flanagan of Cavan ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

As it happened: Cavan v London, All-Ireland SFC round 4 qualifier

The Breffni County faced the Exiles at Croke Park. Here’s how it all unfolded.

It’s a big day in Croke Park as Cavan and London both bid for a place in the All-Ireland senior football quarter-final for the first time.

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RESULT: Cavan 1-17 London 1-8

Good afternoon, Gaelic football fans.

Have we got a treat in store for you today?

This is the first of not two, not three, but four furious football liveblogs from around the country as Cavan, London, Cork, Galway, Donegal, Laois, Meath and Tyrone all order drinks at the last chance saloon.

This liveblog, of course will be dedicated to all things London, all things Cavan with some stuff from in between lobbed in for good measure.

Hey, there’s the Breffni Boys there now.

Here’s how the teams are scheduled to line up:

Cavan: A O’Mara; T Corr , R Dunne, K Clarke ; J McEnroe, A Clarke, R Flanagan; D O’Reilly, D Givney; C Mackey, J Brady, F Flanagan; M Reilly, M Dunne, E Keating.

London: D Traynor; P Butler, S Curran, D McGreevy; S Hannon, S Mulligan, A Gaughan; C Doyle, P Geraghty; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, C McCallion; E O’Neill, L Mulvey, C Magee.
Referee: B Cassidy (Derry).

So it’s prediction time, readers:

Can Cavan hold onto their massive momentum from the summer so far? Or has extra time in Derry taken more than we think out of this young team?

Can London recover from the trouncing they took against Mayo? Or was that as far as they could have hoped to reach?

Call it…

… predict the correct score to win a big pat on the back and a green thumb from

The teams are putting the finishing touches to their warm-up’s here in Croke Park as we await throw-in.

We’re hearing there’s changes on the London side, will give you the latest when we have it.

Cathal Og Greene is into the London team as we get set to start.

There’s a huge Cavan crowd in attendance this afternoon for the county’s first senior championship game in Croke Park since the 1997 All-Ireland semi-final.

Early London scoring chance but Cathal Magee’s effort drifts wide.

Hawkeye is needed to judge a Cian Mackey shot for Cavan.

And the verdict is that the shot went wide. Three minutes gone here in Croke Park.

London 0-1 Cavan 0-0: 3 mins – Cathal Magee gets London off the mark as he swivels before popping over a lovely left-foot point.

London 0-1 Cavan 0-1: 5 mins – Cavan soon draw level courtesy of a neat point by their ace marksman Martin Dunne.

Goal chance for Cavan as they prise open the London defence but Cian Mackey charges through and sees his shot beaten away by the legs of London goalkeeper Declan Traynor.

Cavan 0-2 London 0-1: 7 mins – Jack Brady is fouled when he gathers the rebounding ball and Martin Dunne taps over the free to edge Cavan in front.

Cavan 0-3 London 0-1: 8 mins – Good play by Cavan as they work the ball across the pitch and the move culminates with Feargal Flanagan kicking the ball between the posts.

Cavan go close again to hitting the net. This time it’s Jack Brady who is released into space but his piledriver is tipped away by the covering David McGreevy to concede a ’45.

Cavan 0-4 London 0-1: 11 mins – But Cavan get a point for their efforts as Martin Reilly clips over the ’45.

Cavan 0-5 London 0-1: 13 mins – Martin Dunne strikes over a free to extend Cavan’s advantage.

Cavan 0-6 London 0-1: 14 mins – Cavan on top here as London are stripped of possession coming out of defence and the move culminates with Dunne firing over another point.

Cavan 0-6 London 0-2: 16 mins – Lorcan Mulvey hits back for London with a point from a free.

Goal for London from Paul Geraghty!

Cavan 0-6 London 1-2: 20 mins – What a boost for London. Out of nowhere they hit the net when Gregory Crowley gets free to hit in a cross and Paul Geraghty rises above Rory Dunne and Alan O’Mara to palm the ball to the net.

Cavan 0-7 London 1-2: 21 mins – Martin Dunne steadies the Cavan challenge when he pops over a free at the other end.

Cavan 0-7 London 1-3: 23 mins – Despite all of Cavan’s dominance, London are only a point adrift. A good team move has just yielded a point from Ciaran McCallion.

Cavan 0-7 London 1-4: 24 mins – And now London are level with McCallion finding his range from the right wing.

Cavan’s play has become a little ragged as they seem to have been rocked by the concession of that goal. They looked like they were going to run away with it at one juncture but now the teams are level in the 28th minute.

Shooting chance for Cathal Magee for London but he bangs an effort that goes wide.

London 1-5 Cavan 0-7: 32 mins – And London edge in front courtesy of Magee whose shot is on target on this occasion.

London 1-5 Cavan 0-8: 32 mins – Cavan fight back with Tomas Corr splitting the posts.

Cavan 0-9 London 1-5: 34 mins – Cavan are grateful for the input of Corr as he moves forward to kick over another fine point.

Cavan 0-9 London 1-6: 35 mins – London draw level with a free from Lorcan Mulvey.

Half-Time: Cavan 0-9 London 1-6: And that’s how it stands at the break as the teams are level.

We’re back underway here for the second-half and London have attacked strongly so far.

Still no score in the second-half. It’s delicately poised here.

Martin Reilly arcs a shot wide for Cavan. Terry Hyland’s men will start to get worried the longer the game goes on. They were 1/33 favorites beforehand.

Cavan 0-10 London 1-6: 41 mins – Better from Cavan. That was a point they badly needed and it arrived courtesy of Cian Mackey.

Cavan 0-11 London 1-6: 43 mins – Eugene Keating pushes Cavan further ahead.

Changes on the London team see Dean O’Neill replace Seamus Hannon and Sean Kelly comes on for Ciaran McCallion.

Cavan 0-11 London 1-7: 47 mins – London are refusing to wilt here with Mulvey smashing over a beautifully kicked free into the Davin End.

Cavan 0-12 London 1-7: 48 mins – Cavan’s two point lead is restored through a score by Feargal Flanagan. There’s bound to be tired bodies on both sides out there as this game goes on given their exertions last weekend.

Darragh McVitty comes into the Cavan team for James McEnroe while Brian Collins replaces Philip Butler in the London defence.

Cavan 0-13 London 1-7: 52 mins – Lovely point for Cavan by midfielder David Givney. There’s a lot more to admire about Cavan in this second-half.

Cavan 0-13 London 1-8: 53 mins – Back to a two-point game as Caolan Doyle booms over a point from 45 yards for London.

What a chance for Cavan to hit the net! Martin Dunne passes to Eugene Keating but he smacks his shot against the posts with the goal open in front of him.

Cavan 0-14 London 1-8: 57 mins – Martin Dunne fires over a free to give Cavan more breathing space.

Jason McLoughlin is on to the Cavan team for Tomas Corr.

Cavan 0-15 London 1-8: 60 mins – David Givney fires over to send Cavan further ahead.

Martin Dunne shoots wide with Cavan’s latest chance. They are bringing on Niall McDermott for Jack Brady.

Cavan 0-16 London 1-8: 63 mins – Really good point from a free by Eugene Keating to stretch Cavan’s lead to five points.

Cavan 0-17 London 1-8: 64 mins – Cavan look like they are set to contest next weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-finals. David Givney has just sent them into a six point lead.

Killian Brady comes in for Feargal Flanagan in the Cavan side.

Goal for Cavan from Niall McDermott!

Cavan 1-17 London 1-8: 68 mins – That seals Cavan’s victory as they create an overlap with McDermott exchanging passes with Mackey before hammering a shot to the net.

Credit to Alan O’Mara at the other end as moments previously he produced an outstanding save to deny London’s Damien Dunleavy from finding the net.

Mark McKeever is on for Cavan instead of Cian Mackey.

A good day’s work all round by Cavan. They overcame some shakiness in the first-half to ease clear.

That’s it, all over and Cavan claim a nine-point victory.

Full-Time: Cavan 1-17 London 1-8

Fine win for Cavan in the end and their 2013 adventure continues. They’ll be in the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time in their history next weekend.

London bow out of the championship but not without a great fight this afternoon. Paul Coggins side have produced a marvelous story this season.

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