By Kieran Lynch
THE Cavan Senior Football Championship throws in this weekend with all 12 teams in action.
The format is a 12-team league table, in which each team will play four games to narrow the field down to eight. From there, the quarter-finals begin.
First up are reigning champions Gowna, and they face Lacken at Kingspan Breffni. Having been guided to championship glory last year by Fintan Reilly and club legend Dermot McCabe, the green and reds will be fancied to be in the mix for the title again this year.
They finished fourth in the league, whilst Lacken struggled and finished second from bottom.
The best of the action is saved until last, as on Sunday evening at 7pm 2021 champions Ramor United take on 2020 champions Crosserlough.
Those two sides also finished in first and second place in the Division One league table, which Crosserlough would go on to win, defeating Kingscourt in the final.
Both sides reached the semi-final last year but were defeated by a point. Crosserlough were defeated 2-12 to 2-11 by eventual winners Gowna, whilst Ramor lost 2-7 to 1-9 against Killygarry.
Speaking of Killygarry, having reached the final for the first time since 1971 last year, they will be hoping that they can repeat the same heroics – or even go one step further – and they begin their campaign against Mullahoran on Sunday afternoon.
It has been a few years since either Cavan Gaels (2017) or Kingscourt (2015) have won the senior title, and both will have hopes of being in the mix this season. They square off with each other on Saturday evening at 7pm, with Laragh United facing Lavey at the same time.
Castlerahan contested five county finals in a row between 2015 and 2019, but haven’t been back since. They face Ballinagh on Friday evening.