FERMANAGH FINISH ON TOP

5 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fermanagh 1-09
Monaghan 0-10
BY JOHN GRAHAM

DESPITE staging a strong final quarter rally during which they registered the final four scores of this match, Monaghan just failed to get over the line against a Fermanagh team that was forced to play the final 25 minutes with 14 players after the second yellow card dismissal of Karl Kehoe some 11 minutes into the second-half.

At that stage Fermanagh were leading by six points but they were only to register one further score for the remainder of the game as Monaghan went all out for a first victory that would have seen them avoid a whitewash. In the end they just came up short and it was the goal they conceded 13 minutes into the first-half, when a free in by John Duffy was mishandled in the Monaghan area and dropped into the corner of the net, that they were chasing throughout this fairly low-key and at times scrappy encounter.

Monaghan were forced to field short a number of regulars due to various commitments while Fermanagh were at full strength, yet the visitors matched the home side for long periods but just failed to convert sufficient possession into scores.

Fermanagh, too, were somewhat wasteful particularly in the latter stages with just two points between the sides but they eventually held out thanks mostly to the excellent fielding of full back Eoin Morrisey who repeatedly broke up Monaghan attacks.

Monaghan were ahead twice in this game, the first time after two minutes when Michael McHugh converted a ‘65 after Fermanagh stand-in keeper Duane MacPhilib denied McHugh when he was placed at the end of a strong run by Brian McGuigan.

Fermanagh were off target twice before Ryan Bogue equalised in the sixth minute and the sides were level again after nine minutes following an exchange of points between Michael McHugh, free, and John Paul McGarry who had a big influence on Fermanagh’s performance.

Monaghan then suffered something of a setback when John Duffy’s free from distance was mishandled on the post by a Monaghan defender and dropped into the corner of the net to put the home side three in front.

Monaghan responded immediately but …

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