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Gutsy Fermanagh get survival fillip in Galway thriller

Galway 0-15 - Fermanagh 0-15

Fermanagh produced a battling second-half display as they hit two points in added-on time to snatch a draw in a thrilling encounter at Tuam Stadium.

Peter McGrath's side are not safe in Division Two but the result edges them closer to survival. Galway were the better side in the first-half but despite having greater possession, they were only 0-7 to 0-6 up at the break.

Kevin Walsh's side had led 0-4 to 0-1 at the midway stage of the first-half with the lively Damian Comer accounting for two points.

The Ernemen stayed in touch with some excellent scores from Ryan Jones, Tomas Corrigan, Ryan Lyons and Sean Quigley.

Fermanagh's hopes seemed to have suffered a big blow early in the second-half when points from Comer and Gary Sice moved the home side into a three-point lead while McGrath's outfit had Niall Cassidy red carded. However, the 14 men dug deep and a Lyons point levelled proceedings at 0-11 each.

The sides moved to 0-12 apiece but Fermanagh were never able to get their noses in front and a point from Galway substitute Patrick Sweeney saw Walsh's side 0-15 to 0-13 clear.

Fermanagh refused to give up and a point from Corrigan, his seventh of the day, closed the gap.

And the Ernemen went on to grab a share of the spoils as substitute Declan McCusker popped up to sling over the equaliser in the 73rd minute and bag a crucial point for McGrath's charges.

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