Fingal retained their unbeaten run to set up a crunch clash with Donegal with victory over Fermanagh. Debuting at Croke Park, Fingal were not overawed, with JM Sheridan showing some terrific form.
While Fermanagh were to edge a point early on, Fingal found the back of the net on four minutes when Dave Smyth scored. Moments later, Fermanagh responded with a goal from Sean Corrigan.
Flawless shooting from Sheridan and two points from Brian McCarthy gave Fingal a 1-9 to 1-6 lead at the break. After the turn, Rory Porteous goaled for Fermanagh.
Sheridan added two more points but some well-struck frees from Corrigan saw Fermanagh back level. Sheridan, Peter Daly and Smyth sealed the win for Fingal.
Man of the match: JM Sheridan (Fermanagh)
Scorers – Fingal: JM Sheridan 0-9 (4f), D Smyth 1-2, B McCarthy 0-3, D Flood, P Daly 0-1 each. Fermanagh: S Corrigan 1-4 (0-5f), R Porteous 1-1, J Duffy (1f), B McGarry 0-2 each, J P McGarry 0-1.
Fingal – H Murray-Hession 8; N Feeney 7, D Markey 6, A Morris 7; N Ring 8, D Vaughan 7, P Sheridan 6; D Hattie 7, A Richardson 8; D Flood 7, P Daly 7, JM Sheridan 8; C O'Flynn 7, D Smyth 8,B McCarthy 7. Subs: I Kennedy for P Sheridan (55), R Sheridan for Hattie (55), A Rooney for Mc Carthy (63), K O'Flynn for Daly (70).
Fermanagh – M Curry 6; D Teague 7 , E Morrissey 7, E Mahon 6; B Smith 6, F Bannon 7 K Kehoe 7; J Duffy 8, R Bogue 7; A Breslin 6, JP McGarry 8, R Porteous 7; S Corrigan 8, S Curran 7, B McGarry 8. Subs: D McGarry for B McGarry (20), D McPhilips for Curry (h-t), B McGarry for Breslin (62) , M Beggan for Porteous (68).
REF – B Sweeney (Cavan).