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Fermanagh's fightback against Clare is too late

Clare 1-14 - Fermanagh 2-9

By Gareth Cauldwell

Fermanagh's unbeaten run in Division Three came to an end in Ennis, with a late rally that saw them cut the gap from nine points to two, falling just short.

With promotion already secured, Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath rang the changes for the trip to Cusack Park with six changes.

The Bannermen were the hungrier throughout the contest and went in at the break leading by two points after dominated the exchanges in the middle of the park.

Gary Brennan was excellent throughout and showed great accuracy from placed balls, kicking three frees in the first half while Shane McGrath chipped in with two points from play.

Fermanagh stayed in touch in the first half thanks to a Sean Quigley fisted goal while a Barry Mulrone point at the end of the half left two in it at the break.

Clare hit the opening 1-4 of the second half to put them in firm control of matters, Pat Burke rifling into the net while McGrath added another two points from play.

With five minutes, Fermanagh were seemingly well beaten but they found their form late in the day and registered the final 1-04 of the game.

Quigley notched his second goal from the penalty spot and points from Daniel Kille, Darren McQuade and Aidan Breen reduced the deficit to two.

But the Ernemen had left themselves too much to do and Clare held on for a deserved victory.

Clare scorers: P. Burke (1-03), G. Brennan (0-05, 4f), S. McGrath (0-04), P. Collins (0-01), J. Malone (0-01).

Fermanagh scorers: S. Quigley (2-02, 1-00 pen, 1f), D. McQuade (0-02), D. Kille (0-02), C. Jones (0-01), B. Mulrone (0-01), A. Breen (0-01).

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