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Byline: Jackie CAHILL
CAVAN booked their place in the Allianz NFL semi-finals almost unnoticed and manager Mattie Kerrigan insists: "That suits me down to the ground."
In a thrilling match at Markievicz Park on Sunday, the Breffni boys booked their spot in the last four with a 1-10 to 0-11 win against Sligo.
While the whole country raves about Tyrone, Mayo and Roscommon, Cavan have gone about their business with the minimum of fuss.
"We have a lot of sore bodies at the moment, but the good thing was we didn't have to rely on other results - we did it for ourselves," beamed Kerrigan.
"We're not as high-profile as Dublin or Roscommon, our semi-final opponents. It's a young team and the young fellas have learned a lot.
"The league really is ideal preparation for the championship. We won't really know just how much they've learned until the Donegal game comes around.
"We have a couple of 19 and 20-year-olds, and they won't get there overnight - it will take a year, maybe two."
Cavan's championship opener is a clash against Donegal at Breffni Park on May 12, but the more immediate task in hand is a crack at Connacht champions Roscommon.
"Roscommon are the form team at the moment, but we'll be going there believing we've a 50/50 chance," Kerrigan insists.
The Games Administration Committee will settle on dates and venues for the semi-finals this week.
"At the moment we don't know where it will be held, but obviously it will be a venue to accommodate both sets of supporters," Kerrigan said.
"It could be Mullingar, Pearse Park or even Markievicz Park. Clones is a good venue, but we wouldn't mind going back to Markievicz Park.
"That was my first time back there for a number of years on Sunday and the Sligo County board has to be complimented for the work they've carried out. …