Whistles and wind rule as spoils are shared
FERMANAGH and the University of Ulster shared the spoils 1-9 to 0-12 in a game which fully lived up to the dreary conditions in Derrygonnelly.
Both teams struggled to come to grips with the new playing rules as Joe McQuillan blew 38 frees.
Fermanagh had the wind in the first half and Darragh McGurn made good use of the offensive mark as he ran up a five-point personal tally. Meanwhile, Tyrone star Lee Brennan was Ulster University’s best attacking outlet, his four points keeping his side in touch as they turned around with Fermanagh leading 0-8 to 0-5.
The second half opened with Conall Jones bundling the ball into the net from a long delivery by Eoin Donnelly. That gave Fermanagh a six-point cushion. They needed every bit of it as the Students started to make the wind advantage count. With Brennan immaculate from placed balls, they steadily ate their way through the Ernesiders’ lead.
Fermanagh could have sneaked a win with a late ’45 from Thomas Treacy, but that dropped short as it ended all square in Canon Maguire Park