Breen urging Ernemen to use frustration as motivation
Defender Aidan Breen had the look of a haunted man as he traipsed out of Clones on Saturday with Fermanagh's Ulster dreams up in smoke again.
"It's frustrating," he said after the Ernemen collapsed in the second half, conceding 10 consecutive points to eventual winners Monaghan.
"How many times have we been in this position? Mayo last year in the first half, and we had the same here. It doesn't get any easier and it is hard to take.
"You have to give Monaghan credit, they were the better team but we definitely matched them for a while. They just raised the intensity and we just couldn't get to their level."
Fermanagh have been one of the teams that have traditionally embraced the backdoor system and the opportunities it provides to play more summer games. And after last year's controversial defeat to Mayo, their appetite for the qualifiers hasn't diminished.
Breen, for one, is fed up with sickening defeats.
"It's going to be a hard couple of days and we are going to have to listen to a lot of stuff," the electrician said.
"But all I have wanted to do is play for my county since an early age and all I want to do is play football. I am a proud Fermanagh man and I don't want to have a year where they talk about Fermanagh being relegated to Division Three and hammered in two Championship games.
"I want to turn that round and I genuinely believe that we are better than that. I would like to think that all the players are the same, in fact I know that all the players are the same. We want to put Fermanagh football in a better place."
Ultimately, the loss of 20 panel members over the last two seasons has diminished Fermanagh's player pool, a fact acknowledged by manager Pete McGrath in the wake of the defeat.
Breen added: "If we had kept with Monaghan for the whole second half, and were pipped by a point, I wouldn't be happy because we still would have lost."