Sunday 24 September 2017

Hitman Quigley lifts confident Ernesiders from bottom place

Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10

Declan McCusker of Fermanagh in action against Martin McMahon and Shane Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Declan McCusker of Fermanagh in action against Martin McMahon and Shane Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Fermanagh dominated the last 25 minutes of this encounter in Brewster Park to take a deserved win and lift themselves off the bottom of the Division 2 table.

This was a confident display from Pete McGrath's men, who had seven different scorers over the course of the 70 minutes.

Keelan Sexton of Clare in action against Eoin Donnelly and Ryan Jones of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Keelan Sexton of Clare in action against Eoin Donnelly and Ryan Jones of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Fermanagh stretched their single-point lead at the break (0-8 to 0-7) to four not long after the resumption, with Aidan Breen and Sean Quigley the men doing the damage.

Clare, though, came right back into the game with a goal and a point in quick succession. The green flag was raised by Keelan Sexton, who was on the end of a brilliant flowing move.

It was the home side, however, who took the game by the scruff of the neck. Quigley, in particular, was in fine form, landing 0-8 over the course of the game, with seven of those scores coming from placed balls.

The first-half had been fairly even on the scoreboard, but the writing was on the wall for the visitors with only David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary scoring.

Martin McMahon of Clare in action against Paul McCusker of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Martin McMahon of Clare in action against Paul McCusker of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Only four Banner men got on the scoresheet and in the last 25 minutes they had no answer to Fermanagh's direct running, which saw Eddie Courtney hit a brace of neat points.

Fermanagh's destiny remains in their own hands, while Clare are back in a relegation dogfight.

Scorers - Fermanagh: S Quigley 0-8 (0-5f, 0-2 '45), A Breen 0-3, B Mulrone 0-2, E Courtney 0-2, T Corrigan 0-1, R Jones 0-01, P McCusker 0-1. Clare : E Cleary 0-5 (0-4f), D Tubridy 0-4 (0-2f), K Sexton 1-0, J Malone 0-1

Fermanagh - T Treacy 7; M Jones 8, C Cullen 8, K Connor 8; C Murphy 7, B Mulrone 9, A Breen 9; E Donnelly 8, L Cullen 8; P McCusker 7, R Jones 7, R Lyons 7; E Courtney 8, S Quigley 8, T Corrigan 6. Subs: E McManus 7 for Corrigan (7), D McCusker 7 for Murphy (48), J McMahon 6 for R Lyons (50), D Keenan 6 for McManus (56), T McCaffrey 6 for Courtney (70), C Beacom 6 for P McCusker (70)

Kevin Harnett of Clare in action against Darryl Keenan of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Kevin Harnett of Clare in action against Darryl Keenan of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Clare - J Hayes 7; M McMahon 7, K Harnett 7, J Hayes 7; L Markham 7, G Kelly 7, D Ryan 6; C O'Connor 6, G Brennan 7; C O'Dea 6, K Sexton 6, S Brennan 6; E Cleary 7, D Tubridy 7, J Malone 6. Subs: D Egan 6 for O'Dea (53), E Collins 6 for Hayes (61), S Malone 6 for Cleary (63), D Nagle 6 for Ryan (64)

Ref - M Duffy (Sligo)

Ryan Jones of Fermanagh in action against Gary Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ryan Jones of Fermanagh in action against Gary Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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