Ernesiders are taught a lesson by super Sligo
Fermanagh's aspirations of landing the Lory Meagher Cup next Saturday were severely jolted when they fell to a rampant Sligo side by 5-16 to 0-12 at the weekend.
While the Ernesiders may to some extent have been keeping their powder dry for a renewal of rivalry with the Yeats County at Croke Park, the manner in which they conceded an avalanche of scores at Tubbercurry at the week-end will cause grave concern to joint managers Sean Duffy and Seamus McCusker.
Ciaran Brennan's early goal helped Sligo into a 2-9 to 0-5 interval lead and when Damien Fahy, Aidan Walsh and Brennan all landed further goals after the break there was simply no way back for the Erne county.
Meanwhile, Derry strode impressively into an Ulster Minor Hurling Championship semi-final meeting with Armagh on the back of a runaway 6-18 to 2-5 quarter-final win over Donegal.
Manager Stephen O'Kane is keeping his players' feet on the ground, though.
"We expect a much tougher test against Armagh. We beat them in the league but we know they have improved since then," says O'Kane.