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Canavan's men earn him some relief

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan has not had his sorrows to seek in terms of injury concerns lately, but his team provided him with the best possible antidote to his anxiety by powering to a crucial Allianz Football League Division Three win over Cavan

Not only did Fermanagh's 1-12 to 1-10 victory reinvigorate Canavan and his management team, but it has also helped to sustain a concerted drive for promotion to Division Two.

Familiar names may have been conspicuous by their absence – Sean Quigley, James Sherry and Eoin Donnelly will all miss the rest of the league campaign, but the team's character and courage remained intact nonetheless and a Daniel Kille goal in the 60th minute triggered an impressive finish.

Canavan's men may have lived dangerously, though, when Martin Dunne pirated a 71st minute goal for Cavan, but their rugged resilience was to serve them well.

Damien Reilly's expulsion in the seventh minute undermined Cavan's defensive stability, but Fermanagh subsequently lost both Barry Owens and Declan McCusker, also to red cards.

Nevertheless Paul Ward and Tomas Corrigan in particular contrived to pilfer the scores that ultimately helped to take them to a deserved victory.

Monaghan, meanwhile, triumphed in a rare goalfest against Wicklow. The Farney county, inspired by Conor McManus and Paul Finlay, won by 5-13 to 3-10.

And former Armagh duo Kieran McGeeney and Justin McNulty came up trumps when their Kildare and Laois teams triumphed over Mayo and Galway respectively.

Kildare staged a strong comeback to win by 1-11 to 0-13 with Seanie Johnston prominent while Laois looked particularly sharp in taming the Tribesmen by 1-15 to 0-10.

In the All-Ireland club football final St Brigid's (Roscommon), who beat Crossmaglen Rangers in the semi-finals, overcame Dublin champions Ballymun Kickhams by 2-11 to 2-10.

Senan Kilbride, Karol Mannion and Frankie Dolan between them scored 2-9 of St Brigid's total with 34-year-old Dolan steering over the winning point in injury-time.

In the All-Ireland club hurling final, St Thomas (Galway) beat Offaly side Kilcormac-Killoughey by 1-11 to 1-9.

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