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Monday 21 April 2014

Fermanagh find unlikely hero in victory over Westmeath

29 June 2013; Martin McGrath, Fermanagh, in action against John Heslin, Westmeath. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship, Round 1, Westmeath v Fermanagh, Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Marty McGrath in action against John Heslin

Corner-back John Woods popped up with an injury-time winner as Fermanagh beat Westmeath 3-10 to 1-15 at Cusack Park in Mullingar.

After being promoted to Division One a lot was expected of Westmeath but their 2013 Championship campaign has ended without a win.

Denis Glennon scored directly after the throw-in but Fermanagh's Sean Quigley hit a trio of points to put Peter Canavan's side in front.

John Heslin pulled back a point from a free before the visitors struck for a very bizarre goal as Conor Quigley's speculative effort looped in over Gary Connaughton.

Westmeath pulled back a brace in front of their own fans.

Sean Quigley was the man of the moment and struck for a second goal as he blasted to the bottom corner as Westmeath looked to be suffering a hangover from their heavy defeat to Dublin.

Westmeath closed but trailed by 2-5 to 0-7 at the break with Fermanagh guilty of kicking 13 wides.

Both sides swapped scores before Westmeath were awarded a penalty when Chris Snow took down Denis Glennon

John Heslin showed great composure to slot the penalty and level the game at 2-6 to 1-9.

Westmeath went in front through Ger Egan before Ryan Jones capped a lung-busting run with a fine solo goal.

Fermanagh continued to find it hard to raise the white flag and with 10 minutes to go Westmeath and the accurate John Heslin had closed to within a point on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-13.

Sean Quigley was still scoring from placed balls and stretched the lead to two before Ciaran Martin was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

Calum McCormack had a goal chance but blazed over and there was a solitary point between the teams and then he scored a point to equalise just on full-time.

It was looking like finishing level but corner-back John Woods marauded forward and kicked an incredible winner.

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