Fermanagh supersub John Duffy sinks Exiles with penalty
Fermanagh 2-17 Warwickshire 0-18
Fermanagh travelled home to Ireland with a crucial win in their first fixture in this competition following a battling performance against a Warwickshire side who fielded their strongest line-up of the year.
The Erne men made a brilliant start, surging into an 1-6 to no score lead. Brendan McGarry plundered a goal and a point, with Shea Curran, Declan McGarry and Sean Corrigan frees keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Warwickshire came back, however, and outscored the visiting side eight points to three for the last 20 minutes of the half – and only for a fantastic save by Mark Curry in the Fermanagh goal, it could have been down to the bare minimum upon the resumption.
The Exiles kept up their good play as the second half got underway and took the lead.
They looked the more likely side to go on a take the spoils, but Fermanagh had a supersub in the locker in the shape of John Duffy.
Just back from a second cruciate knee rehabilitation, the Lisbellaw clubman caused havoc and when a penalty was awarded for a foul on Declan McGarry, Duffy rattled the ball to the net to put his side three to the good.
For the remainder of the match, Fermanagh played with two sweepers and on the counter-attack picked off the insurance points they needed to give them the perfect start to the campaign.
Scorers – Fermanagh: S Corrigan 0-11 (8fs), B McGarry 1-2, J Duffy 1-0, S Curran 0-2, F McBrien, C Corrigan 0-1 each.
Fermanagh – M Curry; D Teague, E Morrisey, A Breslin; M Teague, M Slevin, F Bannon; R Bogue, F McBrien; B McGarry, T Cleary, S Curran; S Corrigan, D McGarry, C Corrigan. Subs: M Beggan for Morrisey (44), R Porteus for Cleary (55).