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Fermanagh assume control again

Fermanagh 0-18 Clare 1-10

By Colm Bradley

Fermanagh may previously have lost three in a row but after this victory their Division Two future is still very much in their own hands.

They were full value for their win as they completely controlled the final 25 minutes, producing both excellent defensive play and incisive football going forward.

They outscored Clare 0-07 to 0-02 during this period with Sean Quigley peerless from placed balls. This was a superb team performance, however, with Aidan Breen and Barry Mulrone especially prominent in the half back as they contributed 0-05 to their team's cause.

Clare had a goal and a point inside a minute to claw themselves back to parity having been four points down. Keelan Sexton was on target after an excellent banner move and when David Tubridy raised a white flag it was the Munster men who had the momentum.

Fermanagh rolled up their sleeves and to a man excelled mixing direct running with some insightful long passing. Eddie Courtney was the prime recipient of the long ball and he finished with 0-02 from play while Quigley punished any Clare indiscretion. The big Roslea man also had a chance of a goal but his shot was blocked before he arrowed over the resultant 45.

Eoin Cleary and Tubridy had been the visitor's scorers in chief in the first half as Fermanagh entered the break one in front.

The winners lost Tomas Corrigan to injury after only seven minutes with his replacement Eoin McManus also having to leave the field injured midway through the second half with a nasty shoulder injury.

The win for Fermanagh lifts them off the bottom of the table and with Meath and Derry left to play they know that they have control of their own destiny.

Scorers: Fermanagh: S Quigley 0-08 (0-05f, 0-02 45), A Breen 0-03, B Mulrone 0-02, E Courtney 0-02, T Corrigan 0-01, R Jones 0-01, P McCusker 0-01. Clare: E Cleary 0-05 (0-04f), D Tubridy 0-04 (0-02f), K Sexton 1-00, J Malone 0-01

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