Despair for Down but Fermanagh march on
Down 0-13 Fermanagh 1-12
Published 21/04/2008 | 07:03
Fermanagh set the themselves up for what promises to be a tingling National Football League Division Three final against Wexford by overcoming Down at Pairc An Iuir yesterday.
The defeat means that Down's hopes of playing Division Two football are on hold for another year after they finished in third place in the division, four points away from the promotion places.
While Fermanagh march on, Down boss Ross Carr is left to contemplate a campaign that wobbled precariously following that defeat by Leitrim and which has now ended in despair.
Fermanagh's victory owed much to a fine Ryan Keenan goal on 34 minutes that breathed fresh confidence and energy into the side after Down had threatened to take over.
But Fermanagh's defensive resilience, coupled with the creative flair of Keenan and his fellow forwards Mark Little and James Sherry, helped to see Fermanagh through.
Down, indeed, had led by three points at one stage of the second half, but Tom Brewster came on as a substitute and his two points were instrumental in the end.
Brewster had not started a match in the National League but now he could be on standby to make an impact in the league final.
Wexford maintained their momentum by overcoming Louth by 2-16 to 0-15 thanks to goals from Mattie Forde and Shane Roche.
Meanwhile, in the relegation scrap, Leitrim will be playing in Division Four next year after losing out to Limerick by 1-9 to 0-11.
Connacht champions Sligo will join them in the basement division after a 0-14 to 1-14 loss to Longford at Pearse Park.