Allianz FL D3: Wins for Fermanagh and Derry
Allianz Football League Division Three
DERRY 1-15 OFFALY 0-13
FERMANAGH 0-13 SLIGO 0-08
By Declan Rooney
Rory Gallagher’s Fermanagh have joined Armagh at the top of the Allianz National Football League Division Three after they claimed a convincing 0-13 to 0-8 win over Sligo at Markevicz Park.
Last week’s game fell foul to the poor weather in the north west, but Cathal Corey will not be too heartened by this result as his side struggled to compete with the Ulster outfit.
Three points in the first seven minutes had Sligo 0-3 to no score ahead, but they only added another five points in the rest of the game as they struggled for long periods.
Neil Ewing, Stephen Coen and Pat Hughes were the scorers early on for the Yeatsmen, although Fermanagh pulled level by the 17th minute when Conal Jones kicked the first of his two first-half points. Seamus Quigley also added two before the break to see Fermanagh into a 0-8 to 0-4 lead at the interval, with Declan McCusker also to the fore for the Erne men.
Adrian McIntyre was first on the scoreboard for Sligo after the break, but three of the next four scores went to Fermanagh as McCusker, Barry Mulrone and Quigley kicked points.
Points from Liam Gaughan and Adrian Marren cut the lead to three points with time running out, but the sending off of Cian Breheny for a second yellow card saw Sligo run out five point losers, while Fermanagh picked up their third win of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Derry picked up their first win of the campaign with a 1-15 to 0-13 win over Offaly at Celtic Park.
The foundations of this win were laid in a stunning opening quarter hour from Derry as they ran into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead.
Emmett Bradley’s goal after 15 minutes brought is tally to 1-2 at that early stage and he ended with 1-5 in an impressive outing.
To their credit Offaly were brilliant in the second quarter and they kicked five unanswered points with two each going to Declan Hogan and Nigel Dunne, while Bernard Allen and Dunne kicked the first two points of the second half to cut the Derry lead to two points.
But Enda Lynn, James Kielt and Bradley hit straight back for Derry, and despite Dunne in particular keeping Offaly in touch, Danny Tallon, Mark Lynch and Niall Toner finished of the job for the home side.