Fermanagh beaten by Galway power after Eoin Donnelly dismissal
Big midfielder leaves the field after a black card, with Paul Conroy then ruling the skies
Galway’s Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Paul McCusker of Fermanagh. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho
Fermanagh 0-10 Galway 1-13
A superb second half display from a physically superior Galway side turned this feisty affair on its head before 5,000 fans at Brewster Park on Sunday.
Man of the match Damian Comer struck a crucial goal for the winners, 25 seconds into the second half.
Comer’s clinical strike left just a point between the sides at 1-3 to 0-7, after Fermanagh deservedly led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval, having played into the breeze.
The hosts though lost their captain Eoin Donnelly to a black card after just nine minutes, but his absence was not really felt until the second half when Galway’s Paul Conroy ruled midfield.
The winners outscored Fermanagh by 1-10 to 0-3 in that second period and that was the most significant statistic.
A second half to forget was made worse when Fermanagh lost corner back Cian McManus to a straight red card five minutes from time.
Fermanagh: C Snow, P Reihill, C Cullen, C McManus; D McCusker, R McCluskey, B Mulrone (0-1); E Donnelly, L Cullen (0-1); A Breen(0-1), C Beacom, P McCusker; E Courtney (0-2), S Quigley (0-3145) T Corrigan (0-21f).
Subs: R Lyons for E Donnelly (bc), C Corrigan for C Beacom (ht), D Keenan for P McCusker(58),
Galway: R Lavelle, D Kyne, D Walsh, L Burke; G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw, J Heaney; P Conroy (0-2) F O’Curraoin; T Flynn (0-1), D Comer (1-2), M Daly (0-3); C McDaid B McHugh (0-4,f), S Armstrong.
Subs: S Kelly for C McDaid (40) E Brannigan (0-1) for S Armstrong, C Sweeney for B McHugh (70), E Tierney for S Kelly (72).
Referee: J Henry (Mayo)