GAA: Fermanagh fend off Antrim to earn victory

Mickey Jones of Fermanagh and Brian Neeson of Antrim
Mickey Jones of Fermanagh and Brian Neeson of Antrim

Fermanagh secured a hard-earned win against Antrim to book their place in the quarter-final of the Ulster Championship.

Antrim showed plenty of spirit in cutting an eight-point deficit to three at one stage, but a late goal by Sean Quigley ensured Pete McGrath’s Erne men would progress to the last eight where they will meet Donegal.

Home forward Tomas Corrigan landed nine points but boss McGrath will be concerned about a jaded second half.

Fermanagh led 0-9 to 0-2 at half-time before Antrim hit back with five scores without reply.

The Saffrons – who won promotion to Division Three earlier in the year – were six points behind when they registered their first score through a Brian Neeson free.

But from 0-11 to 0-4 down, Antrim rallied with five unanswered points by Mark Sweeney, John Carron, Tomas McCann, Ryan Murray and Sean Burke.

But Antrim conceded a cheap free to give Corrigan the chance to give the hosts a four-point lead before Quigley netted the only goal.