Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Corrigan magic touch can keep Fermanagh on a high

Scoring touch: Tomas Corrigan on form for Fermanaghv

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath is hoping that Tomás Corrigan will retain his dynamic scoring touch, at least for the remainder of the Allianz League.

When he dispensed with the services of shooting star Seamus Quigley prior to the team's last match against Limerick, it was felt that Fermanagh's potency in attack had been seriously diluted.

But Corrigan stepped up smartly to the mark at the Gaelic Grounds where he helped himself to 10 points (five frees) in a man of the match performance as Fermanagh eventually coasted to a 0-18 to 1-6 victory.

It was one of the team's most comprehensive displays since McGrath took over and now the former Down All-Ireland winning boss (1991 and 1994) is keeping his fingers crossed that Corrigan will maintain his scoring ratio for his side's remaining two scheduled games against Wexford and Offaly.

Not only that, but he is also hoping he will be joined on the scoreboard by other players, given that no fewer than seven were on target against Limerick including three defenders, John Woods, Ryan McCluskey and Tommy McElroy.

On Sunday at Brewster Park, Enniskillen Fermanagh face a Wexford side that, like themselves, Sligo and Limerick have accumulated four points.

And with pointless Offaly looming on Sunday week also at home, the Ernesiders have an opportunity to complete their league campaign on a high note although Cavan and Roscommon will claim the two promotion spots.

It will be a surprise if manager McGrath makes any changes to his side and he looks certain to continue to nurture Ronan Ormsby, Paul McCusker and Lee Cullen in his attack in which Ryan Jones, who scored 0-3 against Limerick, continues to prove an influential figure not least in bolstering the middle third of the park.

Wexford will arrive in the Erne county boosted by their recent win over Sligo (2-12 to 1-12) and fortified by the inclusion of several vastly experienced players among whom are Ciaran Lyng, P J Banville and Ben Brosnan.

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