Fermanagh got off to a very shaky start in Brewester Park on Sunday in their Division 3 clash with Sligo and despite showing some bite after the break they never looked like challenging this confident Sligo side.
There were patches of good play from the Erne men and for periods they were winning the majority of the kick outs but they will have to ask themselves why they began with so little confidence against another Div 3 side in their home ground.
The chances that were presented to the Ulster side, and there were a few, were often fluffed like when Ryan Jones found himself in a one on one position with Philip Greene and only had a point for his efforts. That was at 28 mins and a similar chance was blasted wide at 13 mins.
Sligo were missing chances too and should have been out of sight of their opponents a lot sooner but a Colm McGee long distance point which he followed up with a converted 45 added to David Kelly’s opening score set the Yeat’s men up nicely. Alan Costello found David Kelly with a superb pass at the twenty three minute mark and Kelly was quick to place the ball in Charlie Harrison’s path.
The defender reinvented his role and placed the ball in the top corner of the Fermanagh net. The home side began to find their range and recorded four more points before the break but Sligo kept in touch and the sides went in 1-09 to 0-5.
The first fifteen minutes after the break showed a much more purposeful Fermanagh side which seemed to be winning the midfield battle and with Daryl Keenan and Rory Gallagher scoring some nice points it appeared as if they intended to make a game of it.
The wind was taken out of the Erne men’s sails however when a high Tony Taylor kick landed in the square and was punched home by Colm McGee. The goal was soon annulled by a Rory Gallagher point and a goal from a penalty. The penalty score gave the Fermanagh crowd new heart although the Sligo contingent were still debating why it was awarded when a Charlie Harrison David Kelly move resulted in Alan Costello raising the green flag at 59 minutes.
That score had been preceded by a Mark Breheny point and the game fizzled to a conclusion with the faint hopes of a Fermanagh revival in tatters.
Sligo gave an exhibition of point taking as the game wound down and turned over Fernmanagh attacks on several occasions but the Erne men’s woes began in a woeful start from which they never recovered despite some gallant efforts.
Report from the Sligo GAA PRO