Saturday 24 March 2018

Quigley and Fermanagh too clinical for Exiles

Fermanagh exacted a measure of revenge for last year's championship defeat to London with a comprehensive victory over the Exiles in Ruislip.

This fixture was cancelled because of snow two weeks ago and no doubt the margin of defeat left an icy chill in the veins of London manager Paul Coggins.

Peter Canavan's side just had too much physicality for the Exiles. Fermanagh played at a higher tempo and were deadly accurate whenever they entered the scoring zone.

Unfortunately for London, those raids were frequent. Nine different Fermanagh players registered scores, while London only ever threatened through the second quarter.

But a penalty, converted by Seamus Quigley (pictured below) on the cusp of half-time, subdued the home side and the lead was extended to six points at the interval (1-8 to 0-5).

London briefly rallied through a second period that threatened to boil over at times, but points from Sean Kelly and captain Sean McVeigh, only served to wake Fermanagh from their slumber.

Ryan Keenan's goal was the highlight of a strong finish, allied to the performances Seamus Quigley at full-forward and his namesake Conor at half-back. He terrorised London when running from defence.

Last summer, this quality wasn't part of their make-up.

"It's a difficult place to come and get two points, so I'm delighted with the result," said Canavan afterwards.

"I thought the first 20 minutes, our boys were excellent, but we took the foot off the pedal and allowed London to get to grips around the middle.

"They came back into the game, but we finished the first half very well, scoring 1-2 in the last five minutes, which put us in a comfortable position.

"I was disappointed with our second-half performance overall, but I'm delighted to get the two points."

Man of the Match: C Quigley (Fermanagh)

Scorers -- Fermanagh: S Quigley 1-5 (1-0 pen, 1 '45, 1f), R Keenan 1-0, P Ward (1f), C Quigley, B Mulrone 0-2 each, Sean Quigley, T Corrigan, E Donnelly, S Lyons 0-1 each.

London: M Gottsche, E O'Neill (2f), S Kelly (1f) 0-2 each, S Hannon, S McVeigh, F Niblock 0-1 each.

Fermanagh -- R Gallagher 6; N Bogue 6, B Owens 7, J Woods 6; C Quigley 9, R McCluskey 6, B Mulrone 7; E Donnelly 7, J Sherry 6; D Keenan 6, S Lyons 7, T Corrigan 7; P Ward 7, S Quigley 9, Sean Quigley 8. Subs: M Lyttle 7 for Sean Quigley (h-t), R Keenan 7 for Corrigan (32), S McCabe for Donnelly (52-blood), M Jones 6 for J Woods (58), P Cosgrove 7 for Mulrone (66).

London -- D Traynor 5; S Hannon 6, S Bradshaw 5, D McGreevy 5; A Gaughan 5, S Mulligan 6, J Scanlon 6; S McVeigh 6, A Raftery 5; C McCallion 5, S Kelly 6, M Mullins 5; P McGoldrick 5, M Gottsche 7, Eoin O'Neill 7. Subs: F McVey 6 for Mullins (32), N Burke 5 for Gaughan (h-t), F Niblock 6 for McGoldrick (h-t), E Mageean 5 for Raftery (44), L Colfer 5 for O'Neill (62).

Ref -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry)

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