Tuesday 21 November 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match: Barry Comer (London)The Meath man epitomised the London effort, full of running and commitment. Made crucial interceptions and hoover-ed up breaking ball around the middle.

Turning point

Although Fermanagh got to within four points after the break, the hosts didn't panic and closed the game out with three late unanswered points.

Talking point

Where now for Fermanagh? They can have no complaints with the result. Their players looked uninterested at times, and but for some poor London wides in the first half, the Exiles' margin of victory would have been even greater.

Ref watch

Fermanagh were incensed at Derek Fahy's decision not to award a penalty when Brian Og Maguire was upended midway through the first half, but the Longford official let the game flow, using the advantage rule to good effect.

What they said

Paul Coggins (London manager):

"We worked very hard to achieve something and we succeeded. We've a great bunch of players and they put everything in there today, absolutely everything."

John O'Neill (Fermanagh manager):

"We never got to grips with the first 20 minutes, we never got any breaking ball. Ultimately, that opening period cost us the game."

Match statistics

Wides: London (8) 9; Fermanagh (6) 15

Frees: London (13) 23; Fermanagh (17) 35

Yellow cards: London 2 (D O'Neill 66, S McVeigh 70); Fermanagh 3 (M Jones 36, H Brady 63, B Og Maguire 66)

Attendance: 1,200 (approx)

What next?

London play Waterford in the second round of the qualifiers on Saturday, July 9; Fermanagh's season is over.

Irish Independent

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