Antrim edge Fermanagh in thriller

Antrim 2-18 Fermanagh 3-13
Published Sunday, 01 June 2014
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Antrim have survived a late Fermanagh rally to claim a two-point win over the Erne men at Brewster Park on Sunday.

Antrim edge Fermanagh in thriller
Fermanagh's Aidan Breen with Antrim's Brian Neeson. (© UTV)

The Saffrons bossed the opening exchanges despite Fermanagh's Sean Quigley landing the opening point of the game, with Brian Neeson's goal and a raft of points seeing them ease into a 1-10 to 0-1 lead after 32 minutes.

Pete McGrath's side battled back before the break with Quigley finding the net after some route-one football, and another point from Paul McCusker reduced the margin to four within seconds of the start of the second half.

That score though seemed to spark Antrim back into life and they hit back with Kevin Niblock goal before three points from Neeson and a double from substitute Ryan Murray helped Antrim to a 2-17 to 1-9 lead with 17 minutes left to play

However a 62nd minute goal from Barry Owens gave the Erne men hope, and when Marty O'Brien netted in injury time to leave two between the sides the stage was set for a dramatic conclusion.

Fermanagh claimed the ball from the kick-out and immediately went for a goal, with Ryan McCluskey attempting to place the ball past Paddy Flood in the Antrim goal, only to see Kevin O'Boyle brilliantly clear the ball off the line.

Antrim held on to take victory by 2-18 to 3-13 and their first win in the provincial series since 2009.

They will now face Donegal in the last four on 22 June.

© UTV News
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