Fermanagh hero Carson wastes no time in setting sights on Monaghan
FERMANAGH goal hero Ryan Carson didn't waste much time in setting his sights on Monaghan after the men in green ousted Cavan in the Ulster quarter-final at Breffni Park on Saturday night.
Carson (27), who made his championship debut against Down in 2009, clutched his Man of the Match award and spoke calmly about the task ahead in the provincial semi-final on June 27.
"Winning against Cavan will give us a boost, but we have to look at Monaghan and how well they've done. They've gone out and beaten Armagh, one of the best Ulster teams of the last 10 years by 12 points, but we'll go there and give it a shot," he said.
Carson's score gave a nod to history on two fronts -- it was his first championship goal for his county and Fermanagh's first championship victory over Cavan at Breffni Park.
He was first to the ball broken down by Seamus Quigley, turned and shot despite the attentions of Cavan's Eoin McGuigan.
"It was just a lucky break and a forward's instinct to shoot for goal, and luckily I got it. So, thank God, happy days.
"I'd say if I didn't get a kick on it, it would have been a foul. I reckon the referee was on the spot, but I wasn't tempted to fall over. I just had my sights on getting that shot at goal," said Carson.
His vital score, six minutes from the end of normal time at a stage when the sides were level at 0-12 each, inspired Fermanagh to drive on and win 1-13 to 0-13.
It was close, but the spirit and energy of the effort was exemplified by Barry Mulrone, ostensibly left corner-back, but also man-marker of Cavan dangerman Gareth 'Nesty' Smith and an aid to the Fermanagh attack.
Mulrone (22), and Devenish club-mate Chris O'Brien (19) were joined as championship debutants by 24-year-old Daniel Ward of Derrygonnelly. All three played their part in the victory.
"It's just brilliant to get the win. We were always the underdogs; it shows you again what the underdog tag can do, and it shows if you can keep playing to the end and show heart and passion, you can win any game. This is brilliant but now we have to look forward to Monaghan," said Mulrone.