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No place like home for Fermanagh boss Peter McGrath

By Declan Bogue

Published 12/03/2016

Park life: Peter McGrath takes pride in Fermanagh’s record
Park life: Peter McGrath takes pride in Fermanagh’s record

It would seem that something has got to give between Fermanagh and Cavan tonight (Brewster Park, throw in 7pm).

With both sides on four points, victory would almost certainly mean survival in the second tier of the National League, something both counties see as essential.

As the home side, Fermanagh are putting an impressive record at Brewster Park on the line. They have not been beaten there since the Ulster Championship defeat to Antrim in June 2014.

However, Cavan have some very pleasant memories of Brewster Park themselves. Their recent four consecutive Ulster Under-21 Championships were won at the Enniskillen venue, while at senior level they beat Fermanagh there in a 2012 qualifier and the first round of the 2013 Ulster Championship.

Add in the Breffni Park backdoor win they enjoyed in 2013 and you have to acknowledge that manager Terry Hyland has the upper hand in all his dealings with the Ernemen.

Back on home soil last Sunday and without the suspended Sean Quigley, Fermanagh turned in a fluid, attacking performance, with Tomás Corrigan flourishing in the absence of Quigley, racking up 1-11.

Manager Peter McGrath spoke of their belief that they can take on anyone in front of their own fans.

"There is a certain mentality among the players when they do play well at home," he said.

"They've got that grit and pride in what they have achieved over the past two seasons.

"That does give another dimension to the desire to do well, but I'm sure Cavan won't be concerned about that.

"They've a good record against Fermanagh in recent times and it's up to us to ensure that this record is preserved and change our record against Cavan in recent years."

However, Cavan's thumping win over Armagh, and the way in which Seanie Johnstone has announced his second coming as a player, gives them serious cause for concern.

"Cavan is a different game," continued McGrath.

"They're obviously going very well. They had two convincing wins themselves in recent times and it's a local derby.

"It's one of those games that you get promoted for. We want to be playing in this league against the really good teams, to get tough games and the big occasions.

"We'll look forward to Cavan on Saturday and I'm sure they're looking forward to us."

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