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McGrath's men savour moment

By Colm Bradley

The pitch was flooded with Fermanagh support after the game with players posing for pictures with young fans.

It is hard to imagine other counties in Ulster allowing their players the same freedom to enjoy a victory in round three of the qualifiers.

But down by the Banks of the Erne Pete McGrath is doing things a little bit differently.

"The players deserve that period of time when they can reflect on their win with friends and family," he said.

"Even managing Down in the 90s there were plenty of dark days as well as good days so when there are good days and days like this you have to give the players the opportunity to soak it up and really relish it."

The game was won in a blistering last 13 minutes with Fermanagh hitting 1-06 to Roscommon's 0-02 with a Sean Quigley penalty the fillip Fermanagh needed to start their charge.

"The penalty was a turning point in the game. It gave us momentum. For most of that last ten minutes Roscommon were innocent bystanders. They couldn't get their hands on the ball and couldn't match our drive and energy," McGrath said.

In a touching conclusion to his interview with the press Pete McGrath dedicated the win to young Fermanagh schoolboy, Oisin McGrath who died earlier this year. Fermanagh played a friendly pre championship in aid of the Oisin McGrath foundation.

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