Monday 20 November 2017

Canavan spoils McGrath bow


Thomas Canavan
Thomas Canavan

Orla Bannon McKenna Cup

St Mary's pulled off a surprise victory to ruin Pete McGrath's first game in charge of Fermanagh.

The students scored 1-2 in the last two minutes, the goal from substitute Aidan McGarrity, in the dense fog at Brewster Park.

Fermanagh had coasted into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes as Seamie Quigley hit five points but Conor McCann scored a goal for the students on 22 minutes.

Former Tyrone minor star Thomas Canavan and Armagh panellist Aidan Forker were also on target as the visitors led 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

Canavan, a nephew of former Fermanagh boss Peter, drilled St Mary's second goal after 50 minutes but Fermanagh had a good last quarter, with Quigley converting a penalty he won himself then putting Fermanagh briefly ahead, before the students' lively finish.

Scorers -- St Mary's: T Canavan 1-3 (0-1f), C McCann, A McGarrity 1-0 each, C McMahon, P Carragher, R O'Callaghan, A Forker, B Hasson 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Seamie Quigley 1-7 (1-0pen, 0-2fs), R Jones, Sean Quigley, C Jones 0-1 each.

ST MARY'S -- D McAnenly; A Maguire, N Donnelly, M Murray; C McCann, R Loughran, C McMahon; P Carragher, E Bradley; R O'Callaghan, A Forker, J Duffy; B O'Hagan, B Hasson, T Canavan. Subs: R Sexton for Bradley (44), R Johnston for McCann (44), A McGarrity for O'Hagan (51), K McKernan for Donnelly (58), T McCaffrey for Duffy (67).

FERMANAGH -- C Snow; J Woods, N Cassidy, M O'Brien; D McCusker, B Mulrone, C Quigley; R Jones, S McElrone; T Daly, N McIlroy, C Jones; R Ormsby, Seamie Quigley, P McCusker. Subs: Sean Quigley for N McElroy (43), J Love for C Jones (43), M McAleer for Daly (59), A Boyle for P McCusker (65).

REF -- P Hughes (Armagh)

Irish Independent

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