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Ryan McMenamin picks up first win as Fermanagh boss in narrow victory over Roscommon

Allianz NFL Division 2: Fermanagh 0-13 Roscommon 0-12


Fermanagh football manager Ryan McMenamin. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

Fermanagh football manager Ryan McMenamin. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

Fermanagh football manager Ryan McMenamin. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

A stunning second half performance handed Ryan McMenamin his first win as Fermanagh boss and a vital two points in what is looking like an even more competitive Division 2 than first thought.

Roscommon looked well in control in the first half and were six points to the good at the break but, with the sun breaking through the clouds at Brewster Park, it was the home team who were in complete control in the second half.

Cian McKeon edged Roscommon ahead in injury time from a free with only his side's third score of the half but Fermanagh refused to give in and Ryan Jones levelled things up before a turnover released Ciarán Corrigan who jinked inside his man before splitting the posts with conviction.

It had been all Roscommon in the opening 15 minutes of the game as they swept to a 0-5 to 0-0 lead. Brian Stack was on a lot of ball for the Connacht men with McKeon and Donnie Smith accurate from frees.

Smith had replaced Shane Killoran who was injured within 30 seconds for Roscommon, with what looked like a nasty ankle injury.

Stack clipped over the first point from play with Niall Kilroy adding a fifth. Fermanagh did have a good spell with Eoin Donnelly, leading from the front, kicking over and Aidan Breen also converting in style.

Corrigan landed a third Fermanagh point but momentum swung back to Roscommon who hit the last four points of the half.

Evan McGrath and Killoran scored from play after patient build ups with McKeon and Smith converting frees to leave the visitors six up at the interval.

Much of the first half had been played in heavy rain but conditions had dried up considerably upon the resumption and Fermanagh were a revitalised team.

Conal Jones clipped over two quick points and although McKeon hit back with a good score from play it was Fermanagh through Richard O'Callaghan and Donnelly around the middle who were winning the lion's share of possession.

Corrigan and three further efforts from Conal Jones, two from frees, had the minimum between the teams before Ultan Kelm tied things up.

Conal Jones with a fine effort from play had the home fans jumping in the stands and Fermanagh ahead for the first time but Finbar Cregg restored parity to set up a tense last five minutes.

McKeon edged his side in front but Fermanagh were playing the better football and getting their hands on more ball and they swept forward for the final two points of the game to secure a win that leaves them with much optimism for the rest of the campaign.

SCORERS - Fermanagh: C Jones (0-6, 3f), C Corrigan (0-3), R Jones, U Kelm, E Donnelly, A Breen (0-1 each). Roscommon: C McKeon (0-5, 4f), D Smith (0-2f), N Kilroy (0-2), B Stack, E McGrath, F Cregg (0-1 each)

Fermanagh: J McGrath 7; J Cassidy 7, C Cullen 8, K McDonnell 7; E Shiels 6, R O'Callaghan 7, Shane McGullion 6; E Donnelly 7, R Jones 7; A Breen 6, U Kelm 6, C Corrigan 8; Stephen McGullion 7, C Jones 8, L McStravick 6. Subs: D McCusker 6 for McStravick (41), D Teague 7 for Shane McGullion (55), N Cosgrove 6 for E Shiels (65), E McManus 5 for A Breen (69).

Roscommon: C Lavin 7; D Murray 6, B Stack 8, G Patterson 7; N Daly 6, C Daly 6, E McGrath 7; T O’Rourke 6, S Killoran 5; N Kilroy 7, E Smith 6, C Lennon 6; H Darcy 6, C McKeon 8, C Cregg 6. Subs: D Smith 7 for S Killoran (1), R Hughes 6 for O'Rourke (57), F Cregg 6 for C Cregg (58).

Referee: C Reilly (Meath).

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