Sean Quigley shows quality as Roslea reach last four at Derrylin's expense
When Fermanagh brought a whole new dimension to this year's All-Ireland Football Championship, Sean Quigley proved their charismatic scorer-in-chief in a dramatic surge that was only halted by Dublin in the quarter-finals.
Yesterday Quigley was on duty again only this time in the more tranquil environment of his county's senior football championship but was in typical devastating form as he helped Roslea book a semi-final confrontation with Erne Gaels via a 1-10 to 0-5 win over Derrylin.
Roslea carried too much power and experience for their gallant opponents and with his brother Seamus lending support up front, Sean set the tone for his team's win by landing five points.
With Seamus contributing a brace and Ruairi McGuinness tucking away the only goal in the first minute of the second-half, Roslea always managed to hold the whip hand.
Erne Gaels were made to fight by a spirited Tempo side before eventually chiselling out a hard-earned 0-13 to 0-12 win, while Devenish managed to overcome St Patrick's, Donagh by 0-16 to 1-10 even though they lost experienced county player Barry Mulrone to a second yellow card.
Devenish summoned on all their experience and stamina to close out the game and advance in the competition. But they will have to exercise patience before they discover who their semi-final opponents are as Derrygonnelly and Ederney finished all-square (0-12 to 1-9) in their quarter-final tie.
Stevie McDonnell stepped down as Armagh U21 manager in the middle of last week in order to concentrate on his duties as manager of Killeavy and his team certainly showed some of the spirit and style that he epitomised during his illustrious playing career in the orchard county jersey when they beat Wolfe Tones by 2-9 to 1-11 in the senior football championship.
The sides were level on no fewer than seven occasions with Raymond Taggart's brace of goals crucial for the winners while Tommy Hannaway and Declan Lavery were also prominent.
Ballymacnab also advanced in the championship when they just managed to get the better of a tenacious Sarsfields side by 2-16 to 1-17.
In the Donegal senior football championship, county ace Patrick McBrearty limped out of Kilcar's win over Termon after coming on as a substitute.
He scored a point in the 3-12 to 1-8 victory but could now be a doubt for the quarter-finals.