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Hitman Quigley lifts confident Ernesiders from bottom place

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Declan McCusker of Fermanagh in action against Martin McMahon and Shane Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Declan McCusker of Fermanagh in action against Martin McMahon and Shane Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Declan McCusker of Fermanagh in action against Martin McMahon and Shane Brennan of Clare. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Fermanagh dominated the last 25 minutes of this encounter in Brewster Park to take a deserved win and lift themselves off the bottom of the Division 2 table.

This was a confident display from Pete McGrath's men, who had seven different scorers over the course of the 70 minutes.

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Keelan Sexton of Clare in action against Eoin Donnelly and Ryan Jones of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Keelan Sexton of Clare in action against Eoin Donnelly and Ryan Jones of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Fermanagh stretched their single-point lead at the break (0-8 to 0-7) to four not long after the resumption, with Aidan Breen and Sean Quigley the men doing the damage.

Clare, though, came right back into the game with a goal and a point in quick succession. The green flag was raised by Keelan Sexton, who was on the end of a brilliant flowing move.

It was the home side, however, who took the game by the scruff of the neck. Quigley, in particular, was in fine form, landing 0-8 over the course of the game, with seven of those scores coming from placed balls.

The first-half had been fairly even on the scoreboard, but the writing was on the wall for the visitors with only David Tubridy and Eoin Cleary scoring.

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Martin McMahon of Clare in action against Paul McCusker of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Martin McMahon of Clare in action against Paul McCusker of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Only four Banner men got on the scoresheet and in the last 25 minutes they had no answer to Fermanagh's direct running, which saw Eddie Courtney hit a brace of neat points.

Fermanagh's destiny remains in their own hands, while Clare are back in a relegation dogfight.

Scorers - Fermanagh: S Quigley 0-8 (0-5f, 0-2 '45), A Breen 0-3, B Mulrone 0-2, E Courtney 0-2, T Corrigan 0-1, R Jones 0-01, P McCusker 0-1. Clare : E Cleary 0-5 (0-4f), D Tubridy 0-4 (0-2f), K Sexton 1-0, J Malone 0-1

Fermanagh - T Treacy 7; M Jones 8, C Cullen 8, K Connor 8; C Murphy 7, B Mulrone 9, A Breen 9; E Donnelly 8, L Cullen 8; P McCusker 7, R Jones 7, R Lyons 7; E Courtney 8, S Quigley 8, T Corrigan 6. Subs: E McManus 7 for Corrigan (7), D McCusker 7 for Murphy (48), J McMahon 6 for R Lyons (50), D Keenan 6 for McManus (56), T McCaffrey 6 for Courtney (70), C Beacom 6 for P McCusker (70)

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Kevin Harnett of Clare in action against Darryl Keenan of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Kevin Harnett of Clare in action against Darryl Keenan of Fermanagh. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Clare - J Hayes 7; M McMahon 7, K Harnett 7, J Hayes 7; L Markham 7, G Kelly 7, D Ryan 6; C O'Connor 6, G Brennan 7; C O'Dea 6, K Sexton 6, S Brennan 6; E Cleary 7, D Tubridy 7, J Malone 6. Subs: D Egan 6 for O'Dea (53), E Collins 6 for Hayes (61), S Malone 6 for Cleary (63), D Nagle 6 for Ryan (64)

Ref - M Duffy (Sligo)

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