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Fermanagh say farewell to their top flight dream

Meath 2-12 Fermanagh 0-11

By Gareth Cauldwell

Meath sealed promotion to Division One along with Donegal as Fermanagh's bid for a place in the top flight was ended with defeat in Navan yesterday.

Playing with wind, Fermanagh came out flying to race into a 0-04 to 0-00 lead by the fourth minute.

However, several wides meant that they didn't pull clear, letting Meath into the game - a Barry Dardis goal put them in ahead at the break.

Now with the wind, the Royals controlled the second half as a James McEntee goal helped them to a 2-12 to 0-11 victory.

Fermanagh, with the wind in the first half, dominated the opening stages as they raced into an early four point advantage.

Conal Jones landed the first score before Ciaran Corrigan quickly followed with a fisted score. A surging run by Ultan Kelm then resulted in a third point for the Ernemen before Sean Quigley slotted over a point in the fourth minute.

But wayward shooting was to cost them as they notched 11 wides in the first half and Meath began to get into the contest.

The home side opened their account through Cillian O'Sullivan in the 16th minute before Ben Brennan added a free. Then with 28 minutes gone the home side swooped for a goal. Shane McEntee's ball over the top found Bryan Menton and he fed it to Barry Dardis who fired to the net.

When O'Sullivan tagged on another point Meath moved into a 1-3 to 0-04 lead before Quigley converted a free for his side's first point in 30 minutes.

The home side answered with a Michael Newman point but it was Fermanagh who had the last say of the half as Ciaran Corrigan made it 1-4 to 0-6 at the break.

Ryan Jones hit the first point of the second half for Fermanagh but with Shane McEntee, Bryan Menton and James McEntee on target Meath pulled away.

Doubts about the outcome were ended in the 46th minutes as James McEntee tucked the ball home to make it 2-8 to 0-7.

Fermanagh did have points from Conal Jones and Ryan Jones but Meath always held the upperhand in the latter stages and finished up seven point winners.

Scorers: Meath: J McEntee (1-1), B Menton (0-1), S McEntee (0-1); C O'Sullivan (0-4, 1f), B Brennan (0-1, 1f), B Dardis (1-1); M Newman (0-2, 1f). Subs: J Conlon (0-1) for T O'Reilly

Fermanagh: U Kelm (0-1), C Corrigan (0-2); R Jones (0-3); C Jones (0-2), S Quigley (0-2, 1f). Subs: D McGurn (0-1, 1f) for C Jones.

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