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Erne must make shots count: Gallagher

 

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher retains warm memories of his team's Ulster Senior Football Championship 1-8 to 0-10 semi-final victory over Monaghan last year.

But Gallagher is aware that the unexpected bonus which his Erne players landed on that occasion guarantees them nothing in terms of tomorrow's All-Ireland qualifier meeting between the sides at Clones (1.45pm).

Fermanagh went on to suffer a heavy defeat to Donegal in the provincial final, missed out on their chance to gain promotion to Division One and slumped to another defeat to Declan Bonner's side a fortnight ago in the current Ulster series.

But Gallagher is now in no doubt as to what he feels is a pre-requisite if his side are to overcome Malachy O'Rourke's outfit.

"I think in our recent game against Donegal we showed that we were not able to take points from distance," states Gallagher.

"We need to be able to get shots in from 35 or 40 yards and make them count."

Che Cullen and James McGrath will be the central pillars of the Erne side's defence again tomorrow while Ultan Kelm and Ciaran Corrigan can again unveil their immense value in terms of linking play.

Meanwhile, Derry manager Damian McErlain admits that while he is "taking the positives" from his team's Ulster preliminary round loss to Tyrone, he is nonetheless cautious about today's All-Ireland qualifier tie against Wexford (4.45pm).

When the sides met in the closing stages of the league, Derry had already assured themselves of promotion and a scorefest ensued with the Oak Leaf landing 3-21 and Wexford 4-16.

It will be nothing like that this afternoon with McErlain particularly anxious to see his defence much more vigilant.

"While we can take encouragement from our display against Tyrone, it's time for Derry to move on," states McErlain.

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