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Duffy happy but Leitrim stand between western county and Cup decider

 

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By John Campbell

Fermanagh hurlers took a step further towards lifting the Lory Meagher Cup when they beat Lancashire by 2-13 to 0-15 at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday.

For manager Sean Duffy, this was another performance which afforded him considerable satisfaction.

But the Erne county boss is aware his side must hurdle Leitrim in their remaining game if they are to make it into the decider.

"It's good to have a couple of wins under our belts but obviously we are very focused on our next game. Lancashire made it difficult for us but I am happy with the way in which we managed to come through," said Duffy.

Just how difficult a task the home side faced against Lancashire had become clear by half-time when Duffy's side trailed by 0-9 to 0-7.

But a brace of second-half goals was to prove crucial in cementing Fermanagh's win.

Barry Phillips and Max Slevin hit the Lancashire net for scores that not only hoisted their own side's morale but palpably discomfited a Lancashire side that had been moving comfortably up until then.

Fermanagh's ability to convert half-chances stood them in good stead particularly in the closing stages.

Cavan, however, fell to Leitrim also in the Lory Meagher Cup.

Leitrim came out on top in a gritty contest by 2-16 to 1-16, goals from Clement Cunniffe and Colm Moretown underpinning their performance.

Cavan looked to have put themselves in a good position after Jack Berry landed a goal from a breakaway raid but the Breffni side suffered a blow when Kevin Conneely was sent off.

This helped to give Leitrim the upper hand in the closing stages and they held out to win.

Meanwhile, Antrim must face Offaly in the Joe McDonagh Cup next Saturday in the knowledge that Kerry made a big statement about their intentions in the competition by beating fancied Westmeath at the week-end.

Skipper Shane Conway was Kerry's outstanding performer, returning 11 points in all.

However, it was a crucial goal from Colum Harty with seven minutes left that copper-fastened the win.

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