Fermanagh battle back to maintain unbeaten record
Fermanagh 0-13 Limerick 1-10: Peter Canavan’s Fermanagh side took another step towards promotion to Division Three, fighting back from four points down in the second half to earn a share of the spoils against Limerick at Brewster Park on Sunday.
Fermanagh entered the game with a 100 per cent record in the league but were missing a number of their more experienced players — including captain Ryan McCluskey, vice-captain Barry Owens and midfielder James Sherry — due to injury for the game against the Treatymen.
Limerick got off to the best possible start when Ger Collins fired high to the roof of the net in the third minute following a good run from Paul Kinnerk.
Impressive half back Conor Quigley opened the Fermanagh account in the seventh minute but the home side were not to register another score for a further 21 minutes as Limerick managed to pull clear.
John Galvin and Ian Ryan knocked over scores for the away side as they built up a 1-3 to 0-1 advantage although they then suffered a blow with the loss of the former to injury.
Shane McCabe and Seamus Quigley clipped over frees for Fermanagh to reduce the deficit to a goal and both sides were to add a further point apiece before the break although the Ernemen had a great chance to level matters on the stroke of half time when substitute Tomas Corrigan was sent through on goal but he pulled his effort wide of the post.
Fermanagh dominated the opening period of the second half with four unanswered points, including a superb effort from Corrigan who was a constant threat, putting them ahead for the one and only time in the game.
Limerick replied to this though with five points in a row, two of which came from long range frees from goalkeeper Brian Scanlon that pushed them four ahead midway through the second half and looking good for victory.
Corrigan, Conor Quigley and the returning Tommy McElroy landed points for the Ernemen to leave just one between the sides only for Steven Lavin to rattle over a fine point for a battling Limerick side.
However Fermanagh were to snatch a draw, and remain unbeaten in Division Four, as McCabe and Corrigan rifled over to leave it 0-13 to 1-10 at the conclusion of the action.
Scorers: Fermanagh: T Corrigan, S Quigley (2f) 0-3 each, C Quigley, S McCabe 0-2 each, T McElroy, D Kelly, R Jones 0-1 each Limerick: G Collins 1-1, B Scanlon 0-3f, I Ryan 0-2 (1f), S Lavin, J Galvin, J Mullane, E O'Connor 0-1 each
Fermanagh: C Breen 6; N Bogue 6, S Lyons 7, N McGovern 6; C Quigley 8, D Kelly 7, S McCabe 7; R Jones 6, E Donnelly 6; D Keenan 6, B Og Maguire 6, B Cox 6; P Ward 6, S Quigley 6, M Little 6. Subs: T Corrigan 9 for Ward (22), T McElroy 7 for Og Maguire (h-t), E Maguire 6 for Little (55), D Kille 6 for Jones (60).
Limerick: B Scanlon 8; D McQuaid 6, S Lucy 7, L O'Dwyer 6; S Lavin 7; J Riordan 6, P Ranahan 6; P Kinnerk 6, J Galvin 6; J |O'Mara 6, E O'Connor 7, E Barry 6; G Collins 7, S O'Carroll 6, I Ryan 7. Subs: J Mullane for McQuaid (18), D Treacy for Galvin (24).
Referee: F Flynn.