Sunday 25 February 2018

Canavan crew in cruise control

Fermanagh 2-15 St Mary's 1-5

Peter Canavan's Fermanagh made it two wins out of two with a comfortable victory over St Mary's at Brewster Park.

First-half goals from Shane McCabe and Paul Ward put Fermanagh in a commanding position at half-time against the students and they maintained their advantage in the second period to run out easy winners.

The opening 25 minutes, though, were evenly contested, with St Mary's netting through half-back Brian Doyle in the 20th minute to put them 1-1 to 0-3 in front.

However, McCabe rolled a shot to the net in the 30th minute after good work from impressive midfielder Ryan Jones – and Ward then finished a flowing move to record a second Fermanagh goal as they went in 2-7 to 1-1 ahead at the break. The second half opened with Fermanagh adding to their lead through Ward and Daryl Keenan and although St Mary's battled hard, they could not eat into the Fermanagh lead.

Sean O'Neill, Doyle and Ronan Sexton did land points for St Mary's in the second half but it was all in vain.

Scorers – Fermanagh: P Ward 1-4 (2f), D Keenan 0-5 (2f), S McCabe 1-0, K Connor 0-2, R Jones, J Woods, M McGrath, D McCusker 0-1 each. St Mary's: B Doyle 1-2, S O'Neill, D McKinless (1f), R Sexton 0-1 each.

Fermanagh – C Snow; R McCluskey, S Lyons, J Woods; D McCusker, B Cox, M O'Brien; J Sherry, R Jones; T McElroy, S McCabe, E Donnelly; P Ward, D Keenan, K Connor. Subs: N Bogue for R McCluskey (h-t) , M McGrath for J Sherry (h-t), S Quigley for K Connor (h-t), A Breen for D McCusker (54), N McElroy for E Donnelly (58).

St Mary's – D McAnenly; S Mullan, A Maguire, M Murray; R Loughran, C O'Hara, B Doyle; R O'Callaghan, B Hasson; R Sexton, B Herron, N Sludden; D Kinless, J Johnston, J Duffy. Subs: S O'Neill for B Hasson (h-t), R Johnston for A Maguire (43), R Lynch for J Duffy (52), C McMahon for J Johnston (54), E McGee for R Loughran (62).

ref – I Molloy (Donegal).

Irish Independent

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