Ulster sides beaten in qualifiers

Published Sunday, 22 June 2014
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Fermanagh and Derry both exited the All-Ireland qualifiers at the first round stage on Saturday night after suffering narrow defeats to Laois and Longford respectively.

Ulster sides beaten in qualifiers
Longford beat Derry by two points in the shock defeat. (© Presseye)

Derry's exit was something of a shock as they went down at home to an unfancied Longford side.

Debutant Terrence O'Brien was among the scorers as the Oak Leaf county had raced to an early 0-7 to 0-4 lead, but Longford fought back and a goal from Paul Barden levelled proceedings before points from Barden and Sean McCormack saw the visitors lead by two points at the break.

Longford controlled proceedings after the break and led by five until Benny Herron found the net with 10 minutes left.

Mark Lynch netted soon after with a stunning finish to draw the sides level, but just a minute later Longford took the lead again thanks to a goal from Mark Hughes.

Trailing by three in the closing stages Derry did manage to reduce the margin to a single score, but a late point from Brian Kavanagh ensured a 2-16 to 2-14 victory for the Leinster side.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh bowed out of the competition after suffering a narrow defeat to Laois.

While the team will be disappointed with the early end to their summer campaign, it was a brave and spirited performance from Pete McGrath's side, who found themselves three ahead against a much-fancied Laois side midway through the first half.

Sean Quigley's goal from close-range gave the Ernemen the edge, but Laois fought back to level by half-time.

Fermanagh started the second half brightly with two unanswered points to retake the lead, but that proved short-lived and a Billy Sheehan goal helped the hosts in a four-point lead in the closing stages.

Quigley pulled the visitors back to within a point with a late penalty but Fermanagh couldn't find another score as Laois held out to win by 1-19 to 2-15.

© UTV News
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