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Fermanagh win and we can go up: Peter McGrath

John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath acknowledges that his team's confrontation with high-flying Roscommon on Sunday is a make or break affair.

The Erne County were pipped by Longford at the weekend having enjoyed a nine point lead at one stage and must now strive to make up lost ground against John Evans' side who have been in a rich vein of form.

They are in pole position for promotion to Division Two and will travel to Brewster Park in the knowledge that another win will cement their chances of moving up in the world.

In contrast, Fermanagh will be immersed in a fight for survival should they lose this game and McGrath does not mince his words in demanding that his side should grasp the nettle.

"If we are going to have any prospect of promotion we have to win this game. That's the long and the short of it. If we get two points then we are in with a chance of going up. If we don't we will be looking at the other end of the table," insists McGrath.

"Then it will become a matter of getting enough points to ensure that we don't get relegated. That's how stark the situation is."

Again Fermanagh relied heavily on the Quigley brothers Sean and Seamus to get the lion's share of their scores against Longford.

"If we look back at the Longford game in its totality, we have to recognise that there has to be an explanation for surrendering a nine-point lead," adds McGrath.

"We maybe could have salvaged a draw against Longford but we had left ourselves with too much to do.

"We certainly can't afford to go chasing the game against Roscommon, we will need to get into our stride from the start.

"If we do that then we will be in with a big shout, I feel."

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