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Ernemen show fighting spirit but Tipp's late blow seals draw

Tipperary 2-05 Fermanagh 2-05

By Gareth Cauldwell

Fermanagh and Tipperary had to settle for a share of the spoils at Semple Stadium yesterday.

In an exciting conclusion to what had been a dull affair, the lead changed hands three times before Tipp's Liam McGrath pointed a free with the last act of the game to leave it 2-05 apiece.

Fermanagh had trailed for most of the game, a sixth-minute mistake by 'keeper Thomas Treacy seeing Brian Fox register an early goal for the home side who lead 1-01 to 0-02 at the interval.

But with 68 minutes on the clock, Ciaran Corrigan's fisted point put Rory Gallagher's side ahead for the first time as they sensed the win.

However, in an action-packed added on time Fox appeared to have won it for Tipperary when he palmed in his second goal.

And then Sean Quigley looked to have won it for Fermanagh when he rolled home from the penalty spot after referee Rory Hickey adjudged there was a foot block as Aidan Breen pulled the trigger.

It was not to be though for the Ernemen as Tipperary were awarded a free kick at the death and McGrath slotted over.

Fermanagh will feel though that they had chances to have taken both the points on offer with Gallagher's side hitting 13 wides, seven coming in the first half.

There was more than a touch of fortune about the opening score of the game as Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy dropped what looked like a routine catch from a Fox shot over the line.

Both sides struggled for scores in the opening 35 minutes with Ryan Jones and Sean Quigley knocking over Fermanagh's only two points while Kevin Fahey tagged on a point for Tipperary.

Quigley hit the first score of the second half through a free but Tipperary answered with points from Philip Austin and Liam Casey to move three clear.

Fermanagh though levelled up the game in the 58th minute as Conall Jones fired to the net and although Conor Sweeney scored from a mark for Tipperary, points from Quigley and Corrigan had Fermanagh 1-05 to 1-04 ahead.

Then came the late drama as Fox netted his second goal as he palmed home from a Sweeney attempt at a point that dropped short before Quigley calmly rolled to the net from the penalty spot to put Fermanagh one up, 2-05 to 2-04. McGrath though had the last say with the free

Scorers: Tipperary: B Fox (2-00), K Fahey (0-01), L Casey (0-01), L McGrath (0-01, 1f), P Austin (0-01), C Sweeney (0-01, 1m)

Fermanagh: S Quigley (1-03, 1-00 pen, 2f), C Jones (1-00), R Jones (0-01), C Corrigan (0-01).

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