WICKLOW HELD on to their unbeaten record in the league, but only just, after their long trip to the north at the weekend.
In fact it took a last minute point by sub Patrick McWalter to save the day for Micko's men in this Division 4 match played at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Sunday.
In the end both sides were happy to settle for a divide of the spoils in what had been a scrappy enough match played in reasonably good conditions.
The fact that referee Con Reynolds from Down saw fit to issue 19 yellow cards and turn three of them into reds meant that this was a ‘stop, start’ match with neither side establishing a strong foothold at any stage.
Seánie Furlong pointed two early frees, the first inside a minute and the second after eight minutes when a shot by Tony Hannon came back off the upright.
Wicklow went scoreless for almost 20 minutes before Furlong pointed another free for a foul on James Stafford.
The home side replied with points by Paul Ward and Tommy McElroy.
After 15 scoreless minutes the home side took the lead for the first time with a point by super sub Ryan Jones in the 25th minute and then went two points clear when Chris O'Brien kicked another from play.
Seánie Furlong kept Wicklow in the hunt when he pointed two more frees but three late points saw Fermanagh go in leading by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time.
It definitely wasn't Wicklow's best 35 minutes of the year.
They were turning over to play against the wind in the second half and needed to up their game if they were to stay in contention.
Fermanagh went five points clear when they had two more scores from frees in the early minutes of the second half.
At that stage Wicklow looked to be in big trouble but then they struck for the first goal of the match in the 43rd minute to revive their flagging hopes.
A great run through the middle by Jacko Dalton made the opening and it was midfielder James Stafford that applied the finishing touch. That was the tonic that Wicklow needed.
However, Jones kicked another point two minutes later and there was three between the sides again.
At that stage Wicklow were finding gaps in the Fermanagh defence which didn't appear to be there earlier.
Another good passing movement ended up with Fermanagh back scooping the ball off the goal line in a desperate effort to save a goal.
However, the referee deemed he had touched the ball on the ground, pointed to the spot and Leighton Glynn blasted the penalty to the net and the sides were level again.
Fermanagh went into a two-point lead before Seánie Furlong again squared the game with two points from frees.
With ten minutes still to go it was the home side that again edged in front as both sides were reduced in numbers.
With so many players on yellow cards, it was inevitable that in such a tight match somebody would pick up the second yellow.
First to suffer was Fermanagh when their mumber five, Barry Mulrone walked.
With five minutes to go he was joined in the ‘sin bin’ by Wicklow's Leighton Glynn and just before the finish John Paul Dalton also picked up a second yellow.
Down to 13 men Wicklow did exceptionally well to fight back and create the opening for sub Patrick McWalter to kick over the equalising point one minute into injury-time.
Mick O'Dwyer was inclined to look at this as a point gained rather than a point lost and was happy enough to see his side reach the half way stage of the competition undefeated.
Seánie Furlong had a fine game at full-forward and gave no less a man than former All Star Barry Owens a torrid time.
The Kiltegan man must get the Man of the Match rating for a very busy evening's work.
John Flynn again inspired confidence in goal although he never got a real shot to stop which says something for Wicklow's last line of defence.
Ciarán Hyland had his best game so far this year while Stephen Kelly and Pádraig Higgins both got through their jobs in a much quieter way.
James Stafford and Rory Finn did very well at midfield and could still develop into our best partnership in that area for some time.
Tony Hannon was back after a break for his honeymoon but did not reach his normal high standards either from frees or play.
Both Paddy and Jacko Dalton worked very hard without reaping much reward. Leighton Glynn as usual covered a lot of the pitch but for once didn't get on the scoresheet, that is with the exception of the penalty.
To sum up, Wicklow's overall performance was nothing to write home about but they often played better and finished up with a worse result.
By any standards taking a point out of a match at an Ulster venue has to rate as a good result.
Leighton Glynn holds off Brian Og Maguire.
Seánie Furlong slips by Fermanagh captain Barry Owens.