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Rory’s points in vain as Fermanagh lose to Wexford

Wexford 1-9 Fermanagh 0-9

Fermanagh are on the brink of relegation to Division Four after crashing to defeat at Wexford Park yesterday.

An Eric Bradley goal five minutes from time proved the winning score, the midfielder blasting home after a Redmond Barry attempt at a point dropped just short.

Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke brought the Gallagher brothers, Rory and Ronan, back into the starting line up after playing their part in St. Gall’s St Patrick’s Day triumph in Croke Park, and Rory was to be the key figure, contributing all but a point of his side’s half time tally.

The sides were locked together at 0-06 at the break although Fermanagh had the benefit of the strong breeze in the second period.

Gallagher had the chance to put his side in front early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty but his effort was saved by Masterson.

It was to be 20 minutes into the second half before the next score was registered and it was the signal for Wexford to take control as they blasted over three points in a row through Roche, Lyng and Flynn.

Fermanagh fought back with two long range points from Mattie Keenan and Tommy McElroy but Bradley’s goal was to prove decisive as Fermanagh could only muster a Gallagher point in response.

Wexford: Masterson, Wadding, Walsh, Murphy, Kehoe, Murphy, Doyle (0-01), Byrne, Bradley (1-01), Deely, Barry (0-01), Flynn (0-01), Lyng (0-01), Naughter, Roche (0-04). Subs: Carter (for Wadding), Morris (for Kehoe), Kennedy (for Bradley).

Fermanagh: Ronan Gallagher, Bogue, Lyons, Goan, Mulrone, McCluskey, McElroy (0-01), Sherry, McGrath, McElroy, Keenan (0-01), Flaherty, Keenan (0-01), Rory Gallagher (0-06), Maguire. Subs: Keenan (for Maguire), Cosgrove (for McGrath), Jones (for Flaherty).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

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