Fermanagh 2-05; Cavan 0-12
Fermanagh’s Ulster Minor Championship hopes ended in a narrow defeat to Cavan at Clones on Sunday.
A Kevin Curran goal inside the opening minute of the second half had put Fermanagh three ahead but Cavan responded and in the end had one point to spare.
Cavan completely dominated the opening 20 minutes of the contest with Fermanagh struggling to get their hand on the ball but some wayward shooting by the Breffnimen meant that Simon Bradley’s charges stayed in touch.
Ben Kiernan knocked over the first point of the game from a free and with Pierce Smith and Kiernan again from a free adding to that, Cavan claimed a 0-03 to 0-00 lead.
However, they also wasted a number of further opportunities and out of nowhere Fermanagh were level in the 21st minute as Sean Keenan turned his marker before confidently tucking the ball to the net.
Eoin McManus then converted a ’45 and followed it up with a free as a resurgent Fermanagh moved two ahead but two points from play from the lively Tom Hayes left it level at the break, 1-02 to 0-05.
Curran fired home at the near post with the first attack of the second half as Fermanagh took a three point advantage but Cavan responded well to this and Harry O’Neill, Hayes and Conor Bradley fired over to level things up.
And the sides shared the next four points before point from Bradley and Kiernan had Cavan two ahead.
A Keenan free for Fermanagh left one between them as the game entered the final minutes but Fermanagh could not find an equaliser as Cavan held out for the victory.