Jones comes up with late Fermanagh leveller to deny Rebels
Fermanagh 0-8 Cork 1-5
Fermanagh and Cork played out a tight and at times difficult draw at Brewster Park.
With both teams deploying all 15 players behind the ball at times, there was a sense of frustration among the crowd for much of the first half.
At the break, Cork led by three points, with the home side managing only a solitary score in the first half.
The Rebels were the better team for the remainder of the half, with Damian Gore and Luke Connolly threatening in attack. They both raised white flags, with James Loughrey and Eoghan McSweeney also adding a point apiece.
Fermanagh were much brighter in the second half and on most occasions kept two players deep in the opposition half and by doing so, created more room for their runners out the field. Aidan Breen, Declan McCusker and Ciarán Corrigan had them level within ten minutes of the restart before Connolly edged Cork back in front.
And then came a red card for the visitors, with Ruairi Deane picking up a second yellow. The home side continued to press, with the Cullen brothers, Lee and Che, along with the youthful Johnny Cassidy and Ultan Kelm all driving forward from defence.
Daniel Teague had the sides level before Rory Gallagher's men pushed two points ahead, with Seán Quigley and Conall Jones on target.
It looked like Fermanagh were going to drive on for the win, but Cork came back and after a patient move, Ian Maguire released Matthew Taylor in behind and he cut back before hammering the ball to the net.
Fermanagh missed a number of chances to draw equal before Conall Jones took a mark from a pass from brother, Ryan, and when a Cork defender slapped it from his grasp, Wicklow whistler Anthony Nolan brought the ball forward and Jones tapped over the equaliser.
SCORERS - Fermanagh: C Jones 0-3 (2f), D Teague, S Quigley, C Corrigan, A Breen, D McCusker 0-1 each. Cork: M Taylor 1-0, L Connelly 0-2, D Gore, E McSweeney, J Loughrey 0-1 each.
Fermanagh - T Treacy 7; J Cassidy 7, C Cullen 7, L Cullen 7; U Kelm 7, J McMahon 6, K Connor 5; E Donnelly 7, R Jones 7; A Breen 6, D McCusker 6, C Corrigan 6; D Teague 6, C Jones 6, K McDonnell 5. Subs: S Quigley 6 for McDonnell (25), R Lyons 6 for Connor (h-t), G Jones 6 for Teague (55), D McGurn 6 for McMahon (65), S McGullion 6 for McCusker (68).
Cork - M White 7; K O'Donovan 6, K Flahive 7, C Dennehy 6; J Loughrey 6, S Cronin 7, M Taylor 7; I Maguire, R Toole 6; T Clancy 6, E McSweeney 6, R Deane 6; D Gore 7, B Hurley 6, L Connolly 7. Subs: C O'Hanlon 6 for Toole (51), M Hurley 7 for B Hurley (51), J O'Rourke 6 for Gore (55), L O'Donovan 6 for Loughrey (55), S White 6 for McSweeney (65).
Ref - A Nolan (Wicklow)
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