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Fermanagh SFC: Kille instinct comes to the fore as Emmetts hold nerve

By Damien Mellon

It was a tense affair between neighbours Lisnsakea Emmetts and Newtownbutler, but in the end Lisnaskea deserved their 0-10 to 0-7 win with Daniel Kille top scoring for the winners with seven points.

County man Kille hit five frees, including two in the closing ten minutes when the Emmetts needed a calm head.

Newtownbutler lost the services Clive Fitzpatrick, who was shown his second yellow after twenty minutes but rallied in the second half to tie the game up with Ryan Carson and Colm Monaghan on target from placed balls. But Kille was to have the last word.

St Pats were totally dominant in the middle third as they eased into the last four with a 1-14 to 0-12 victory over Enniskillen Gaels.

Leading by eight at the break, thanks to a Gary Maguire goal and six Pat Cadden points, they were well on top as the Gaels were living on scraps.

But the Gaels were never winning enough around the middle to threaten the outcome of the game and even though they performed better in the second half St Pat's were able to pick off the odd point to ensure the win was never in doubt.

Tempo hammered Derrygonnelly 1-14 to 0-05 with Daryl Keenan hitting nine frees and brother Ryan getting the all important goal.

That goal was Tempo's second score of the day and gave them a two point advantage that was soon seven with thanks to Keenan's frees.

The Tempo defence had the measure of Derrygonnelly's forwards for most of the game, although the Harps did miss goal chances of their own at the start of each half. The second half that saw Derrygonnelly's Paul Ward receive a straight red and Daryl Keenan a second yellow as Tempo continued to dominate.

Meanwhile, the final quarter-final turned out something of a shock with Erne Gaels getting the better of league leaders Ederney St Joseph's, 0-08 to 0-07 with substitute Tommy McCaffrey hitting the winning score in the last minute.

Ederney managed only two points from play with Enda Ferris landing four placed balls for them.

Erne Gaels however held sway around the middle and hit four second half points, all from play, including the last two of the game to secure the win.

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