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Fermanagh sinking after loss

Louth deservedly came away with the points from Brewster Park yesterday as they enjoyed a seven-point victory over Fermanagh, leaving Malachy O’Rourke’s side facing a battle against relegation.

O’Rourke brought back some of his big guns with Marty McGrath, Ryan McCluskey and Eamon Maguire in his starting line up.

Louth held a two point advantage at the break, 1-04 to 0-05, with the goal arriving in the 25th minute courtesy of JP Rooney.

Fermanagh had Ciaran McElroy dismissed for a second booking midway through the second half when Louth led 1-8 to 0-8.

Shane Lennon rattled in Louth’s second goal and although Mattie Keenan notched four second half frees for Fermanagh they suffered a third defeat of the campaign.

FERMANAGH: Jackson; Bogue, O’Brien, Sherry; Mulrone, McCluskey, T McElroy (0-1); Sherry (0-1), McGrath; C. McElroy, Cosgrove (0-1), Flaherty (0-1); Maguire (0-1), M Keenan (0-5), McCarron. Subs: P Ward for McCarron, R Keenan for Cosgrove, D Ward for Bogue, McGovern for Sherry.

LOUTH: Gallagher; Byrne, D Finnegan, O’Brien; Fitzpatrick, Fanning, Crilly; O’Neill, White (0-3); P Keenan, Brennan (0-1), McDonnell (0-2); R Finnegan, Hoey (0-01), JP Rooney (1-03). Subs: Maguire for O’Neill, Greene for Finnegan, Lennon (1-1) for Keenan, Shevlin for Fitzpatrick, Reid for Brennan.

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Referee: M Sludden (Tyrone)

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