Friday 18 January 2019

Cards galore as Fermanagh edge spiteful Wexford battle

Fermanagh 3-07 Wexford 2-05

Rory Gallagher claimed his first league win as Fermanagh manager. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Rory Gallagher claimed his first league win as Fermanagh manager. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Rory Gallagher was happy to just bank the points and move on after claiming his first league win as Fermanagh manager amidst a flurry of cards at Brewster Park yesterday.

Both sides finished with 13 men after a chaotic end to the game, with all the dismissals coming in the last 25 minutes - Fermanagh captain Ryan Jones the first to go for an off-the-ball strike.

At that stage the home side were leading 3-6 to 1-3, Conal Jones having just added to Seamus Quigley's two first-half goals (Fermanagh led 2-4 to 0-3 at the break), while Wexford midfielder Nick Doyle nailed a 44th-minute goal for the visitors.

Tiernan Rossiter slipped home Wexford's second goal on 62 minutes, but three minutes later got sent off on a second yellow.

An ugly brawl near the Fermanagh dugout spiralled out of control and at the end of it Brian Malone was given a straight red and Fermanagh assistant boss Ryan McMenamin was banished from the dugout.

Near the end of five minutes of stoppage time Sean Quigley was given a black card, which also reduced Fermanagh to 13 players, having used all their substitutes.

Scorers - Fermanagh: Seamus Quigley 2-1 (1f), C Jones 1-0, R Jones 0-3, K Connor, A Breen, P McCusker 0-1 each

Wexford: N Doyle 1-1, T Rossiter 1-0, D Shanley 0-2 (2f), D Waters, C Devereux 0-1 each

Fermanagh - P Cadden 6; K Connor 6, C Cullen 6, C McManus 6; J McMahon 6, L Cullen 6, D McCusker 7; E Donnelly 7, R Jones 7; R Lyons 6, B Mulrone 6, A Breen 7; D Teague 6, C Jones 7, Seamus Quigley 7. Subs: E Maguire 6 for Teague (30), P McCusker 7 for Lyons (42), M Jones 6 for Seamus Quigley (53), Sean Quigley 6 for L Cullen (59), R McCluskey 6 for McMahon (62), C McGee NR for Maguire (66).

Wexford - P Doyle 6; M Furlong 6, M O'Neill 6, J Rossiter 6; G Malone 6, B Malone 6, B O'Gorman 6; D Waters 6, N Doyle 7; T Rossiter 7, B O'Connor 6, D Shanley 6; P Curtis 6, E Nolan 6, C McCabe 6. Subs: S Byrne 6 for O'Connor (HT), C Carty 6 for O'Gorman (HT), R Frayne 6 for Shanley (42), C Devereux 6 for McCabe (55), M Rossiter 6 for Curtis (67).

Ref - L Devenney (Mayo)


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