Friday 23 August 2019

Duffy targets Croker return

Fermanagh 2-13 Lancashire 0-15

'Duffy, who scored three points from play, won a Hogan Cup medal with St Michael’s this year and is looking forward to the chance of getting on to the hallowed turf once again.' (stock photo)
'Duffy, who scored three points from play, won a Hogan Cup medal with St Michael’s this year and is looking forward to the chance of getting on to the hallowed turf once again.' (stock photo)

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For Fermanagh's Caolan Duffy it could be a second trip to Croke Park in the space of a few months after the Erne hurlers won their second Lory Meagher Cup game with an excellent four-point triumph over Lancashire at Brewster Park.

Duffy, who scored three points from play, won a Hogan Cup medal with St Michael's this year and is looking forward to the chance of getting on to the hallowed turf once again.

"We are one step closer to the final now and we can't complain about that. If we win our last game, we are definitely there and that is what we are focusing on now."

Fermanagh will now play Leitrim in the last group game with a win assuring them of a place in the final.

It was two second-half goals that secured the win against Lancashire after they went in at the break a point down, Mark Slevin and Barry McPhillips the men to get the crucial scores.

Ronan Crowley was the best player for the visitors by far with a string of excellent points from play and frees over the course of the 70-plus minutes.

But in the end Fermanagh were good value for their win.

Scorers - Fermanagh: J Duffy 0-5f; C Duffy 0-3; M Slevin, B McPhillips 1-0 each; F McBrien, C McShea 0-2 each; R Bogue 0-1. Lancashire: R Crowley 0-9 (7f); D Crowley 0-3; T Maher, C Doherty, D Power 0-1 each.

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Fermanagh - M Curry 7; A Breslin 7, R Porteous 7, D Bannon 7; C Rafferty 8, JP McGarry 7, F McBrien 8; R Bogue 7, C McShea 7; J Duffy, D Russell 6, J Tormey 6; C Duffy 8, E Cleary 6, B McPhillips 6. Subs: M Slevin 7 for Russell (42), A McShea 6 for Tormey (46), T Cleary 6 for Porteous (65)

Lancashire - R McAteer 6 L Knocke 6, C Larkin 7, J Cleere 6; T Lee 7, G Jacob 6, D Power 7; C Doherty 6, S Duncan 6; T Maher, D Crowley 8, JJ Dunphy 7; D Maskey 6, E Kenny 7, R Crowley 8. Subs: S Maloney 6 for Maskey (48), C Duggan 6 for Jacob (68).

Ref - J Connors (Donegal).

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