By Michael McMullan
FORMER Breffni attacking ace Larry Reilly has been appointed as the new Cavan u-20 football manager.
Following interviews on Monday night, Reilly was the chosen candidate and announced on Tuesday night. The Knockbride man has been given a three-year term, subject to ratification.
Reilly succeeds outgoing boss Damien Donohoe who spent three years in charge. In that time, Cavan reached the 2022 Ulster final before narrowly losing to eventual All-Ireland champions Tyrone.
Reilly’s management team includes Killygarry man Andy McGovern as coach with a selection trio of Kevin McDonnell (Ramor United), Danny Brady (Mullahoran). and Declan Farrell (Templeport).
Reilly and Brady were part of the minor management team beaten in the 2015 Ulster final.
Since winning their last Ulster minor title in 2011, 2015 and 2017 were the last final appearances in the decider, losing both to Derry.
Cavan’s last MacRory Cup title came in 2015 when St Patrick’s 2-3 from Thomas Edward Donohoe shot them to glory against St Patrick’s Dungannon.
Reilly and his new management team will be hoping to add to Cavan’s six Ulster titles at u-20 or u-21 level. The last coming in 2014 at the end of an unprecedented four-in-a-row which was preceded by losing the 2010 decider to Donegal.
Meanwhile, Cavan are on the lookout for a new senior manager after Mickey Graham’s decision not to complete the final year of a two-year extension.