Fermanagh advance in the qualifiers after impressive win over Wexford
Fermanagh 0-19 Wexford 1-11
AN afternoon when the men from the North required both a performance and a result and they duly delivered with an inspired second half display to dispose of a spirited Wexford side in the Qualifier Round 1B championship game played at Innovage Wexford Park yesterday afternoon.
From the opening exchanges it was evident that this was going to turn into a real dogfight as little separated the sides. It was an opening thirty-five minutes that produced some excellent attacking football from both sides, but it was Fermanagh who needed the scores playing with the aid of a stiff breeze.
With Wexford getting off to a sluggish start it was Fermanagh who took full advantage racing into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead inside the opening eight minutes with Sean Quigley pointing them in front inside the opening minute with a huge fifty meter free.
The fact that Donal Shanley brought the homeside level with a pointed free one minute later did not deter the attacking instincts of the Ulster side, who struck back with three unanswered points through Tomas Corrigan free along with two Quigley frees, to lead 0-4 to 0-1 after just eight minutes.
With Wexford playing in attacking bursts as they withdrew two attackers behind the ball it was a Shanley pointed free that kept them in touch.
The visitors had the wherewithal up front to keep on testing the home sides full-back line. It was midfielder Eoin Donnelly who picked out Quigley with a delightful ball inside, but the full-forward saw his rising shot rebound back into play of the crossbar with Tomas Corrigan pointing from the rebound leaving his side leading 0-5 to 0-2 after eleven miutes.
Though never out of sight, Wexford were struggling for scores from play with Shanley adding a pointed frees, while Aidan Breen joined the attack out of defence to point in between, leaving the visitors leading 0-6 to 0-4 after eighteen minutes.
It was not until the twentieth minute that Wexford had their opening score from play through John Tubritt. Four minutes later the game was turned on its head. Simon Donohoe played a great ball through to Tubritt on the wing, who cut inside before placing a return pass to Donohoe who shot low across keeper Christopher Snow into theopposite corner of the net giving his side a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.
The sides continued to trade points but it was an Eoin Donnolly point in additional time that helped Fermanagh to a 0-10 to 1-6 interval lead.
When Wexford went two points clear with efforts from Tubritt and Brosnan within five minutes of the restart it looked as if they were about to assume control. But it was Fermanagh who still mounted dangerous attacks as Ryan Jones saw an effort rebound off the crossbar before a Tomas Corrigan forty-first minute pointed free had the sides level, 0-11 to 1-8.
But it was after midfielder Richard O’Callaghan was black carded on forty-five minutes that Fermanagh took control. With centre-forward Ryan Jones dropping back into midfield he assumed total control of this sector and with Tomas Corrigan kicking some wonderful points both from play and frees, the northerners stormed into a 0-17 to 1-9 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Although Wexford managed to reduce the deficit with points from Tubritt and sub Shane Roche it was Fermanagh who re-established control finishing with points from Corrigan, free, and Richard Breen, to advance into the next round draw.
Fermanagh scorers: T Corrigan (5f) 0-9; S Quigley (2f) 0-4; A Breen, E Donnelly 0-2 each; B Mulrone, R Corrigan 0-1 each.
Wexford: S Donohoe 1-0; D Shanley 0-4 frees; J Tubritt 0-3; B Brosnan 0-2; K O’Grady, S Roche 0-1 each.
Wexford: A Masterson; J Rossiter, N Rossiter, J Wadding; B Malone, S Byrne, S Donohoe; C Kehoe, D Waters; K O’Grady, A Flynn, E Nolan; D Shanley, B Brosnan, J Tubritt. Subs: P J Banville for yrne (46); K Butler for Flynn (50); S Roche for Shanley (58); R Tierney for O’Grady (62); P Murphy for Masterson (62).
Fermanagh: C Snow; M Jones, C Cullen, M O’Brien; D McCusker, J McMahon, A Breen; E Donnelly, R O’Callaghan; B Mulrone, R Jones, P McCusker; R Corrigan, S Quigley, T Corrigan. Subs: C McManus for Jones (ht); C Flaherty for O’Callaghan (B.C. 45); J Duffy for McCusker (58); D Kelly for D McCusker (72).
Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).