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McGrath happy to see Ernemen click into gear

Wexford 1-11 Fermanagh 0-19

Published 27/06/2016

Hands on: Fermanagh ace Ruari Corrigan tackles Wexford's Syl Byrne
Hands on: Fermanagh ace Ruari Corrigan tackles Wexford's Syl Byrne

A dominant second-half performance saw Fermanagh overcome Wexford at Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday.

Erne boss Peter McGrath felt that his side had allowed Wexford too much time and space in the first-half but was pleased with the display after the break, with Aidan Breen and Ruairi Corrigan to the fore.

"We knew that Wexford would be energetic, committed and well organised and they were," he said. "The first-half was open and we maybe gave them a lot of latitude coming out of defence, we allowed them to run the ball way too easily. We did go in a point up at half-time but we then fell behind by a point early in the second-half. It was then though that we answered the call."

McGrath felt that his side played more to their capabilities during the final 25 minutes.

"We played more like we are capable of playing, we got on the ball more, got a lot more fluency in our game and the scores started to come," he added.

"I think once we went four or five points ahead, even though they brought it back to three, we were controlling the game and playing with more conviction."

The first-half was a tight affair and a Simon Donohoe goal had given Wexford a two-point lead in the 22nd minute although Fermanagh finished the half strongly to go in one point to the good at the break, 0-10 to 1-06.

However, when the home side landed the opening two points of the second-half, it looked as if it could be one of those days for the Ernemen.

Fermanagh, though, took control and aided by six second-half points from Tomás Corrigan - his final tally was nine - they ran out convincing winners.

Scorers: Wexford: D. Shanley (0-04, 4f), J. Tubritt (0-03), S. Donohoe (1-00), B. Brosnan (0-02), K. O'Grady (0-01), S. Roche (0-01). Fermanagh: T. Corrigan (0-09, 5f), S. Quigley (0-04, 2f), A. Breen (0-02), E. Donnelly (0-01), B. Mulrone (0-01), R. Jones (0-01), R. Corrigan (0-01)

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