the game at a glance
Man of the match
Seanie Furlong (Wicklow)
Great under the high ball. Gave defenders a torrid time and, apart from scoring 1-5, helped set up scores for other players.
The second goal, scored by Ciaran Hyland after 17 minutes. It was another momentum boost for the Garden County men.
For all the talk about short passing and the possession game, Wicklow showed that the long ball, when used well, can be a devastating weapon. The winners employed the tactic perfectly when they had the wind at their backs.
Fergal Kelly looked as if he might get over-fussy, but he maintained a good control of the match.
What they said
Harry Murphy (Wicklow manager):
"We had a session on Thursday night and they were all cutting lumps out of one another. Everyone wanted to be out there."
Peter Canavan (Fermanagh manager):
"I know the boys are hurting now at experiencing the losing feeling at Croke Park, but everyone has to do that from time to time, and I'm hoping it will whet their appetite for more."
Frees: Wicklow 22 (14 in first half); Fermanagh 27 (16)
Wides: Wicklow 6 (4); Fermanagh 5 (0)
45s: Wicklow 1 (0); Fermanagh 2 (1)
Yellow cards: Wicklow 2 (D Healy 3, P Burke 54); Fermanagh 3 (B Mulrone 9, S Quigley 42; D Kille 59).
Red cards: 0
Wicklow play Meath in the Leinster championship on May 27; Fermanagh open their Ulster campaign against Down on June 3.