Focused Fermanagh set record straight


FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION FOUR: London 0-9 Fermanagh 2-15:FERMANAGH’S VISIT to Ruislip yesterday was considerably more pleasant than their last one. Peter Canavan’s side were comfortable winners against London, gaining a measure of revenge for last June’s shock defeat in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

A 10-minute first-half spell aside, Fermanagh were always in control. They established a 0-5 to 0-0 lead after 15 minutes, before Séamus Hannon opened London’s account with a 17th-minute point.

That marked the beginning of a productive spell but Fermanagh moved swiftly back into the ascendancy and the led 1-9 to 0-5 at the break. The goal came courtesy of a Séamus Quigley penalty after Paul Ward had been taken down by Seán McVeigh just before half-time. Fermanagh extended their lead after the restart and it took London 20 minutes to register their first score of the half – a Seán Kelly point – which left them trailing by 1-12 to 0-6. Kelly, Seán McVeigh and Fearghal McVey added further points but any chance of a London resurgence was dashed when Ryan Keenan’s superb goal sealed game.

LONDON:D Traynor; S Hannon (0-1), S Bradshaw, D McGreevy; T Gaughan, S Mulligan, J Scanlon; S McVeigh (0-1), A Raftery; C McCallion, S Kelly (0-2), M Mullins; P McGoldrick, M Gottsche (0-2), E O’Neill (0-2, frees). Subs: F McVey (0-1) for Mullins (31 mins), N Burke for Gaughan (ht), F Niblock for McGoldrick (ht), E Mageegan for Raftery (45), L Colfer for O’ Neill (62).

FERMANAGH: R Gallagher; N Bogue, B Owens, J Woods; C Quigley (0-2), R McCluskey, B Mulrone (0-2); E Donnelly (0-1), J Sherry; D Keenan (1-0), S Lyons (0-1), T Corrigan (0-1); P Ward (0-2, one free), Séamus Quigley (1-5, 1-0 pen, one 45, one free), Seán Quigley (0-1). Subs: M Little for Seán Quigley (ht), R Keenan for Corrigan (52 mins), M Jones for Woods (60), P Cosgrove for Bogue (69), B Maguire for Ward (69).

Referee: Pádraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)