Fermanagh land double boost as promotion drive is stepped up
Fermanagh have received a dual boost ahead of Sunday's vital Allianz Football League Division Three encounter against Westmeath.
Free-scoring forward Seamus Quigley has just become the latest winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award winner, while defender James McMahon is back in the selection frame following a lay-off because of injury.
Quigley's scoring feats have helped to propel Fermanagh to the top of the Division Three table where they sit alongside Armagh and, should both sides win this weekend - the Orchard County play Derry at the Athletic Grounds tomorrow night - then it will set the stage for a fascinating shoot-out between the sides later this month.
In Fermanagh's most recent win over Derry, Quigley helped himself to 1-8 and proved that his finishing skills can be a key element in his team's quest for promotion.
In winning the writers' accolade, Quigley fended off stiff competition from Armagh's Ethan Rafferty and Monaghan duo Rory Beggan and Conor McCarthy.
Quigley's dynamic finishing and his hunger for the ball have helped Fermanagh to maintain their momentum since the start of the league although they still have difficult assignments against Armagh and Longford after Sunday's match.
The return of McMahon is viewed as another bonus for manager Rory Gallagher.
McMahon, though, faces a difficult battle to win back his place since the Cullen brothers Che and Lee continue to form a solid central defensive spine within the Erne team.
McMahon played in the early stages of the competition but has missed the last two games although his experience would now be seen as beneficial to the side.