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Duffy left to pick up pieces after setback

 

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Sean Duffy was left perplexed following his team's shock collapse against Lancashire in the Lory Meagher Cup in Manchester at the weekend.

The Ernesiders surrendered to their hosts by 2-22 to 0-15, thus becoming their first-ever victims in the competition.

By half-time it had become clear that Cork native Ronan Crowley was very much in charge of scoring operations for the winners as he had landed 2-5 by then before going on to embellish this total after the break with capable assistance from Daragh O'Brien and Nathan Unwin.

Sean Corrigan tried hard to keep Fermanagh in touch and even full-back Matthew Teague chipped in with a couple of points, but in the end the Erne outfit were forced to bow to a superior force.

Cavan, who have just returned to senior inter-county hurling after a six-year absence from this particular arena, tasted defeat for the second week in succession when they fell to a lively Leitrim side by 1-20 to 0-12.

The Breffni side had shipped a heavy defeat to Warwickshire the previous weekend and had hoped to make a better impression against Leitrim but a goal from Zak Moradi proved a huge incentive to the winners to produce a strong finish.

Cavan spokesman Mark O'Rourke believes, though, that the side's experience in the Lory Meagher Cup will ultimately stand to them.

"We always knew it would be difficult coming back but hopefully we can improve as we go along," said O'Rourke.

"We will get better with experience."

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