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Ernemen still in groove

Waterford 0-12 Fermanagh 0-15

Table topping Fermanagh made the historic first visit to Fraher Field, Dungarvan, a winning one on Sunday when they outscored Waterford by three points to keep their unblemished Division Four National Football League record impressively intact.

The sides retired at the break on 0-6 each, but it was a scoreline that flattered the visitors.

The first goalbound Waterford effort saw Ronan Gallagher bring off a super save from Mark Ferncombe and inside a minute he denied Tony Gray with Sean Fleming failing to put away the rebound.

Fermanagh were in front within seconds of the restart when Eoin Donnelly landed a great point.

Waterford edged two points before a storming Fermanagh rally got them over the winning line.

A brace of unerringly converted “65s’’ by full forward Seamas Quigley and two beauties from play by Paul Ward finally put them firmly in the driving seat, and further late points by Ryan Jones and Quigley sealed their win.

Scorers for Fermanagh: S Quigley (0-5, 0-3 frees, 0-2 “45s’’); P Ward (0-5, 0-1 free); S McCabe (0-2); E Donnelly, E Maguire, R Jones (0-1).

Scorers for Waterford: G Hurney (0-5, 0-3 frees); S Ahearne (0-3, 0-2 frees); M Ferncombe (0-2); J Veale; K Connery (0-1).

Fermanagh: R Gallagher; N Bogue, B Owens, N McGovern; C Quigley, B Mulrone, D Kelly; R Jones, E Donnelly; D Keenan, B Og Maguire, B Cox; P Ward, S Quigley, S McCabe. Subs: M Little for Kelly (ht); E Maguire for B Og Maguire (60); T Corrigan for Ward (66); M Jones for Murone (69).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O‘Gorman, K Connery; T Grey, E Walsh, C Phelan; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; W Hennessy, P Hurney, C O’Keeffe; M Ferncombe, G Hurney, S Fleming. Subs: J Veale for Fleming (28); L O’Lionain for Phelan(56).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare).

  • In Division One, a five-star display from Glenswilly pair Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher saw Donegal get back on track in Ballyshannon with a 0-17 to 1-7 triumph over Mayo.

In Division Two, Monaghan's hopes of challenging received a setback when they lost 2-11 to 1-19 to Westmeath in Mullingar.

And in Division Three, Cavan's promotion chances were halted as they lost out 0-11 to 1-10 to lowly Offaly at Breffni Park.

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