Saturday 20 January 2018

Kille gives Fermanagh edge in Breffni thriller

Fermanagh 1-12 Cavan 1-10

Supersub Daniel Kille came off the bench to fire Fermanagh to a crucial victory after an exciting encounter at Breffni Park.

Kille coolly slotted home five minutes from time after the Cavan 'keeper brought down Paul Ward when the two battled for a high delivery.

In a fractured tie, the sides were evenly-matched throughout and were level on seven occasions in the first half.

Cavan did most of the running early on, even though they lost half-back Damien Reilly to a straight red card in only the seventh minute.

Midfielders Martin McGrath and Shane Lyons also fuelled Fermanagh's cause, notching the pick of the first-half points.

In a game that crackled, but never caught fire, Ward's free put the visitors in front for the first time, 0-8 to 0-7, and in the second-half driving seat.

Ward's third free of the evening left Cavan trailing by 0-10 to 0-7 after 41 minutes and needing a much greater cutting edge.

Instead, it was the Fermanagh fans who were left to raise the rafters with Tommy McElroy firing over a textbook, long-range point in the 51st minute.

However, points from Gearoid McKiernan and Niall McDermott (free) left Cavan trailing by 0-10 to 0-11 just after the hour mark.

Kille's spot-kick put his side 1-11 to 0-10 in front, but Cavan got a lift with the late dismissals of Fermanagh's Barry Owens and Declan McCluskey.

However, while Dunne converted from the penalty spot, it was a classic case of too little, too late for the Breffni side.

Man of the match: S Lyons (Fermanagh)

SCORERS – Fermanagh: P Ward (3f), D Keenan (2f) 0-3 each, D Kille 1-0 pen, T Corrigan 0-2, R Jones, M McGrath, S Lyons, T McElroy 0-1 each. Cavan: M Dunne 1-4 (1-0 pen 3f), B Reilly (f), C Mackey, D Givney, M Reilly, G McKiernan, N McDermott (f) 0-1 each.

FERMANAGH – C Snow 6; R McCluskey 6, A McGuinness 7, J Woods 7; M O'Brien 7, B Cox 7, D McCusker 7; S Lyons 8, M McGrath 7; T McElroy 7, S McCabe 7, R Jones 7; P Ward 6, T Corrigan 6, D Keenan 7. Subs: D Kille 7 for Corrigan (59); B Owens 6 for McGrath (63); D Kelly 6 for Ward (68); C Quigley 6 for McElroy (72).

CAVAN – J Reilly 6; K Brady 6, J McEnroe 7, O Minagh 6; P Reilly 5, A Clarke 5, D O'Reilly 4; B Reilly 5, G McKiernan 6; C Mackey 7, M Reilly 5, K Meehan 5; N McDermott 6, M Dunne 7, D Givney 7. Subs: E Keating 6 for B Reilly (34), R Flanagan 6 for K Meehan (42), T Corr 5 for P Reilly (42), N Murray 5 for M Reilly (60), B Reilly for Brady (68).

REF – M Duffy (Sligo).

Irish Independent

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