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Fermanagh's fading hopes of clawing their way out of Division Four of the NFL received a fatal blow when they lost out to hosts Leitrim by 0-10 to 0-11 in Carrick-on-Shannon.

In a wind-dominated game, the Ernesiders paid dearly for their failure to make the most of their free-taking opportunities.

Paul Ward opened the scoring (11th minute) for Fermanagh and while Emlyn Mulligan equalised four minutes later, Ward and co. continued on the frontfoot.

Points from Marty O'Brien, Brian Og Maguire and Ryan Jones plus a gem from Kevin Cosgrove served to ease Fermanagh into a 0-8 to 0-1 cushioned lead at the interval.

The dismissal though of the aforementioned Cosgrove 12 minutes after the restart gave Leitrim a much-needed leg-up.

With the wind at their backs, Leitrim poured forward with intent and Mulligan's unerring frees plus a neat effort by Conor Burns helped the hosts onto level terms, 0-10 apiece, with four minutes left to play.

Leitrim proceeded to go for the jugular and another close-in Mulligan free was all that was needed to put Fermanagh to the sword.

Meanwhile, in Division Three, Cavan's impotency in the final third of the field was alarming as they went under by 2-9 to 1-14 to Wexford at Wexford Park.

The hosts were 0-0 to 0-2 behind when a 14th minute goal by Paddy Byrne helped them to build up a 1-7 to 0-3 interval lead. This was to prove a game-changing score as Cavan failed thereafter to win their game of catch-up.

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