A battling Fermanagh lost out to Down in their Ulster MFC Quarter Final meeting at Brewster Park today.
Fermanagh looked to be in the ascendancy when a goal from substitute Tommy McCaffrey and a point from Eddie Courtney levelled matters midway through the second half but a goal from Jack Haughey in response for Down put them back in charge and the Mournemen managed to see out the contest to claim their spot in the semi-final.
A low scoring first half had Down two ahead at the break. Joe McDermott opened the scoring in the first minute but Fermanagh settled to the task after that and Courtney and Paul Coulter edged them into a 0-2 to 0-1 lead.
However, with Down enjoying the better of the midfield exchanges they pressed on to take the lead by the interval with Haughey, McKeever and McGrady registering the points to leave it 0-04 to 0-02.
Eoin McManus reduced the deficit to a single point at the start of the second half but Down looked to have taken a grip on proceedings as McGonigle and midfielder Doyle helped push them four clear, 0-08 to 0-04.
Fermanagh though bounced back as MvCaffrey blasted to the roof of the net after Courtney’s shot had comeback off the upright. And Courtney then drilled over a superb free from the left hand side to level the contest, 1-05 to 0-08.
Just when it appeared that Fermanagh were getting the upperhand though, Down struck for a crucial goal. A tidy move put Haughey through on goal and he slipped his effort under Fermanagh goalkeeper Paddy Sweeney.
Coulter and Courtney were among the points as Fermanagh hit back to within two towards the end but Damien McKeown fisted over a late point for Down who held on to win 1-11 to 1-08.