Thursday 14 December 2017

Leonard strikes to rock Derry

Fermanagh 1-9
Derry 0-7

Fermanagh produced a super display at Celtic Park yesterday to secure their first championship win at this grade since 2003.

Derry had been fancied to make a run at provincial honours this year, but they were outplayed by Fermanagh, who held them scoreless to the interval, at which stage they led by 0-4 to 0-0, thanks to three frees from Eddie Courtney and a point from Ruairi McGrade.

Derry probably weren't overly worried at that stage as they had played into a gale in the first half and they closed the gap to a single point with 10 minutes to go.

But Fermanagh rocked them with a superb goal from Louis Leonard to lead by four and points from Shane Lynch and Courtney wrapped up the win.

Scorers -- Fermanagh: E Courtney 0-4 (3f), R McGrade 0-3 (2f), L Leonard 1-0, S Lynch, D Duffy 0-1 each. Derry: A O'Neill 0-4, J Morgan, N McNicholl, A McElhone 0-1 each.

Fermanagh -- B McAleer; L Cullen, C Cullen, L Leonard; N Began, N Shannon, N McMahon; P McMahon, R Hyde; R McGrade, R Corrigan, S Lynch; B Owens, P Leonard, E Courtney. Subs: J Duffy for Leonard (40), T McCaffrey for McGrade (41), S Swift for Owens (52).

Derry -- C Bradley; G McKinless, J Morgan, M Breen; N Higgins, N Rocks, Rory Moore; E Bradley, B Og McGilligan; Ciaran McFaul, R Bell, Fergal Duffin; A O'Neill, C McAtamney, N McNicholl. Subs: P McGroogan for McAtamney (h-t), Ryan Moore for Higgins (44), A McElhone for McNicholl (55).

Ref -- M McNally (Monaghan).

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