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It’s just no contest as Lisbellaw stroll to win

Lisbellaw 6-22 - Lisnaskea 2-5

By John Campbell

The gulf between Lisbellaw and Lisnaskea in Saturday’s ‘on-off’ Fermanagh Senior Hurling Championship final was chasm-wide and has now led to claims that the competition is, in the words of one official, “rather meaningless.”

Lisbellaw easily won in a game that was eventually played at Derrygonnelly after having been previously fixed for two other venues.

It was following the tragic death of Lisnaskea clubman Brian Og Maguire that the match, originally scheduled for last weekend, was postponed.

But confusion reigned throughout last week as to just where and when the match would be played and it was only a matter of honours before the game started that official confirmation of the venue and time filtered through.

This prompted caustic reaction from some officials and followers who had watched Sean Corrigan and John Duffy lead the destruction of what was a weakened Lisnaskea side.

Indeed, Lisbellaw enjoyed intermediate status while Lisnaskea are ranked as juniors but the fact that they are the only two hurling clubs in Fermanagh while there are 18 football clubs in existence confirms just why they contest the final.

However, this latest meeting between the sides is viewed as doing nothing for the image of hurling in the county.

“The gulf between the sides was nothing short of embarrassing,” declared one official.

“It was a largely meaningless match. Obviously Lisbellaw deserved their success but they will hardly attach too much value to this victory.

“It was the first time, too, a hurling championship final has been played at Derrygonnelly which could hardly be called a hurling stronghold.”

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