There is nothing quite like championship football. The excitement of one off, high intensity matches is something that is very hard to beat, and teams put it all on the line in order to stay in the competition.
As exciting as the football itself it, something can often happen outside the game that can steal the limelight away from events on the pitch. That is exactly what happened this evening in Cavan.
Cavan and Monaghan came face to face in an Ulster Championship quarter final, with both sides hoping to start their summer with a win. While it was an intense and physical matchup, the players would get a bit of a break midway through the first half.
A local dog decided that they would have wander onto the Breffni Park pitch to see what all the fuss was about, and it went down an absolute treat with the crowd. He put every nippy corner forward to shame with the way he was able to avoid the stewards.
🐶There was an enforced 'paws' in play during Cavan v Monaghan... pic.twitter.com/zeBgsndxBg
— Sky Sports GAA (@SkySportsGAA) May 18, 2019
The players didn't seem bothered to try and put an end to the canine rampage, and were probably glad of the break to be honest.
It was a strong showing from the dog after an unexpected introduction. They showed plenty of energy, with a strong turn of pace. Ultimately they didn't have the legs to continue for long, calling it a day reasonably quickly. Should Cavan advance deep into the championship, this dog could be a nice option to have off the bench.
Who said the Ulster Championship was boring?