National Football Division 3 North: Seanie Quigley earns a draw for Fermanagh
Fermanagh 1-15 - 0-18 Longford
By Paul Shaughnessy
A late point from Seanie Quigley has put Fermanagh into the Division 3 semi-final where they will face Offaly next weekend. Ryan Mcmenamin will be delighted with his side's result but knows Fermanagh will need to improve on their shot selection. While Longford will take huge confidence from being competitive and showing huge character being down to 14 men late on. Longford will now face Tipperary in the Division 3 relegation play-off.
Fermanagh hit the ground running early on in this encounter rattling the net through Seanie Quigley after 55 seconds and nearly hit the net straight after that after pouncing on a poor kickout from Longford goalkeeper Paddy Collum. The Longford defence just done enough to get out of jail. Momentum was with the home side as they registered two placed balls through Seanie Quigley after seven minutes putting them 1-02 - 0-00 ahead.
Longford registered their first score of the day when Darren Gallagher sent a long ball in and Robbie Smyth was alert palming the ball over the bar. For the third time in the first Fermanagh created another goal chance courtesy of Seanie Quigley but Quigley failed to raise a green flag hitting the ball straight at Darren Gallagher. Advantage was played and Quigley nailed the resulting free on 11 minutes.
Padraic Davis' side regrouped and Longford sharpshooter Robbie Smyth made no mistakes from frees on the 17th and 19th minute which left three points between the sides on the waterbreak.
Within four minutes Longford were on level terms with Barry McKeon, Robbie Smyth and Rian Brady all on target. Fermanagh younster Darragh McGurn hit a spectucular point to put them back in front on a scoreline of 1-04 - 0-06. On 29 minutes the 2020 Division pushed themselves 1-06 - 0-07 ahead. The Leinster side showed huge grit in the final eight minutes where the sides were deadlocked on 33 minutes once again.
In the final minute of the game the ever impress Michael Quinn made a huge run and powered through the Fermanagh defence and was tripped by Chris Snow who was shown a black card and the clinical put Longford ahead for the first time to have leading 1-06 - 0-10 at the interval.
The sides trades scores straight after the break with Dessie Reynolds and Ciaran Corrigan swapping scores. The visitors were beginning to make their extra man count courtesy of a Darren Gallagher long range free and a Robbie Smyth close range free. Three minutes later Fermanagh reduced the deficit to one point when Aidan Breen and Seanie Quigley were off the mark leaving the score at 1-08 - 0-12 after 49 minutes.
Fermanagh led 1-12 - 0-14 heading into the final waterbreak. The accurate Quigley pushed Fermanagh ahead by two points once again on 55 minutes. The visitors were beginning to grow into the game showing huge patience on the ball when substitute Joseph Hagan and Rian Brady kicked neat points. On 62 minutes a huge turning point came in this game when linesman Ciaran Brannigan alerted referee Liam Devenney and he sent off Longford wing back Gary Rogers for an off the ball incident.
The lively Aidan Breen landed a monster point to leave the minimum between the sides on 65 minutes. Davis' side began to rise to the occasion when a Rian Brady free put the game in melting pot on 72 minutes.14 man showed their grit and determination when the ball was played out to super sub Darragh Doherty who put Longford ahead for the first time.
Seanie Quigley spoiled the party landing an inspirational score to draw game in what was a good to welcome his county's supporters back to Brewster Park.
Fermanagh Scorers: Seanie Quigley (1-08, 0-5 frees), Darragh McGurn 0-3, Aidan Breen (0-2), Tiernan Bogue (0-1), Ciaran Corrigan (0-1)
Longford Scorers: Robbie Smyth (0-8, 0-8 frees), Rian Brady (0-2, 0-1 free), Barry Mckeon(0-2), Darren Gallagher (0-2, , 0-2 frees), Dessie Reynolds, Larry Moran, Joseph Hagan and Darragh Doherty all 0-1 each.
Fermanagh: Chris Snow, Aidan Breen, Jonny Cassidy, Luke Flanagan; Kane Connor, James McMahon, Kevin McDonnell, Tiernan Bogue, Stephen McGullion, Ciaran Corrigan, Danny Leonard, Josh Cargo Ellis; Declan McCluske, Darragh McGurn, Seanie Quigley.
Subs Conor Love for S McGullion (14), Sean McNally for C Love (36) Ultan Kelm for T Bogue (47), Conor Love for S McNally (47), Richard O’Callaghan for D Leonard (53), Stephen McGullion for D McGurn (66).
Longford: Paddy Collum, Patrick Fox, Andrew Farrell, Colm P Brady; Gary Rogers, Michael Quinn, Dessie Reynolds; David McGivney, Darren Gallagher; Daniel Mimagh, Barry McKeon, Liam Connerton; Robbie Smyth, Larry Moran, Rian Brady.
Subs: Joseph Hagan for L Connerton (52), Darragh Doherty for R Smyth (54), Shane Kenny for D McGivney, Iarla O’Sullivan for B McKeon (63).