Wednesday 17 January 2018

Heron helps Derry push on

Derry 5-9
Fermanagh 2-12

Derry needed two late goals from Benny Heron and Aaron Kerrigan to close out a score fest that initially they looked like winning easily.

Derry started well as Kerrigan blasted to an empty net early on as they opened up a 2-2 to 0-1 lead.

Fermanagh closed the gap to 2-3 to 0-5, but then Lee Moore blasted home his second goal to give Derry a seven-point interval lead.

Fermanagh roared back in second half and despite losing Joe O'Brien to a second yellow card, two goals from Chris O'Brien saw them take a 2-9 to 3-5 lead.

Derry settled down and with Caoleain O'Boyle leading the charge, they took over in the final 10 minutes as Heron and Kerrigan found the net to seal victory.

Scorers -- Derry: L Moore 2-1, A Kerrigan 2-0, B Heron 1-1, L Kennedy 0-2, B Doyle, B McCallion, C O'Boyle, J Kielt (0-1f), E McGuckin 0-1 each. Fermanagh: C O'Brien 2-2 (0-1f), D Keenan 0-6 (0-3f), R Jones 0-2, T Corrigan (0-1f), K Connolly 0-1 each

Derry -- A Warnock; D Bell, C McWilliams, O Duffy; C Nevin, B Doyle, B McCallion; A Kelly, C O'Boyle; C McFeely, J Kielt , E McGuckin; A Kerrigan, L Moore, L Kennedy. Subs: B Heron for Kelly (40), C McGoldrick for McFeely (48).

Fermanagh -- M Jackson; C Mulligan, R Foy, M Maguire; P O'Brien, B Cox, N McElroy; R O Callaghan, R Jones; J O'Brien, D Keenan, D McCusker; T Corrigan, C O'Brien, K Connolly. Subs: S Carters for Maguire (14), A Boyle for Connolly (60).

REF -- S McNamee (Tyrone).

Irish Independent

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