Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke today urged his team to replicate the second-half spirit and endeavour they displayed in yesterday’s drawn Ulster final against favourites Armagh when the sides meet in the replay on Sunday next, again at Clones (3.00).
“If we can keep this effort going for the full game, we will be in with a big shout,” declared O’Rourke.
The last rites appeared to have been administered to Fermanagh’s dreams of landing a first provincial crown when Ronan Clarke fired in a second Armagh goal in the opening minute of the second-half to leave his side 2-6 to 0-4 in the clear.
But Fermanagh, showing character and skill, battled back and after Eamon Maguire flicked in their only goal, they eventually drew (2-8 to 1-11).
Armagh manager Peter McDonnell said: “The battle has not been won and it has not been lost.”
Meanwhile, the draw for the second round of the All Ireland Qualifiers has thrown up some fascinating ties.
Draw: Donegal v Monaghan, Laois v Down, Tyrone v Westme ath, Limerick v Kildare.