Kielt finds range to mastermind Derry fightback
Derry 1-11 Fermanagh 2-4
James Kielt's accuracy from distance eventually saw Derry overcome a stubborn Fermanagh defence in a keenly-contested clash at Owenbeg.
Goals from Seamus and Sean Quigley saw Fermanagh lead by 2-3 to 1-4 at half-time but, playing against the wind, the Erne men could only manage a single point after the interval.
By contrast, Derry mustered seven second-half points -- four of them from Kielt. Both sides found the net early on in a remarkably loose opening spell.
With three minutes on the clock Derry's brightest forward Aaron Kerrigan fired home from eight yards, but Fermanagh replied in kind from the next attack as Seamus Quigley blasted home a rasping finish to the roof of Eoin McNicholl's net.
Quigley had already raised a white flag at that point and when his brother Seamus pointed on nine minutes, Fermanagh led by two.
Kerrigan pointed from play and again from a free to level matters but Fermanagh struck for their second goal when Sean Quigley fired home after the Derry defence failed to deal with a high ball.
Emmett McGuckin and Kevin Johnston responded for Derry but Sean Quigley's 35th-minute free saw Fermanagh lead by two at the break.
With the wind at their backs, Derry dominated the second half. Ruairi Corrigan pointed on 39 minutes to cancel out Declan Mullan's opening score of the half, but that would be the last time the visitors would raise a flag.
With Kielt kicking four scores and Ciaran McGoldrick coming off the bench to fist two points, Derry eventually emerged comfortable winners.
Scorers -- Derry: J Kielt 0-4, A Kerrigan 1-2 (0-1f), C McGoldrick 0-2, K Johnston, E McGuckin, D Mullan 0-1 each. Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 1-2, Seamus Quigley 1-1, R Corrigan 0-1.
Derry -- E McNicholl; M McShane, O Duffy, D McBride; C McWilliams, A McAlynn, K Johnston; P Bradley, N Holly; B Heron, J Kielt, J Kearney; D Mullan, E McGuckin, A Kerrigan. Subs: P McGuigan for Holly (h-t), C McFaul for Kearney (44), S L McGoldrick for McWilliams (44), C McGoldrick for Mullan (50), M Craig for Johnston (62), F Doherty for Bradley (68).
Fermanagh -- C Snow; C Hyde, M Briain, R Ormsby; B Mulrone, C Quigley, O Donnelly; J Love, Sean Quigley; N Shannon, R Corrigan, S McElrone; C Jones, Seamus Quigley, T Daly. Subs: E Courtney for S McElrone (4, BC), A Breen for M O'Brien (22), N Cassidy for J Love (h-t), J Woods for B Mulrone (35), A Boyle for Ormsby (49), D McNulty for Courtney (62)
Ref -- S McLaughlin (Donegal)