Derry’s impressive opening to the 2021 Allianz Football League continued at Owenbeg on Saturday as Rory Gallagher’s side recorded a convincing 19-point victory over Fermanagh.
The Ernecounty came into this game in high spirits after their local derby win over Cavan a week ago, and points from Ciarán Corrigan and Tiernan Bogue in the opening two minutes suggested they were ready to pick up where they left off at Brewster Park.
Derry’s first goal of the game, fired to the net by Conor Doherty, changed the direction of the game however and Derry were the better side from then on, taking a 1-7 to 0-6 lead into half time.
If the first half was Derry landing a few key tactical strikes, the third quarter was scorched earth. Ciarán McFaul shot a long range point, Gareth McKinless goaled, McFaul was dragged down for a penalty that Shane McGuigan converted, and then McGuigan added another goal from play to compound the damage.
Niall Toner posted the fifth goal in a 5-13 to 0-9 win.
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Teams and scorers
Derry: Odhran Lynch, Chrissy McKaigue, Brendan Rogers, Padraig McGrogan, Padraig Cassidy, Gareth McKinless, Conor Doherty, Conor Glass, Emmett Bradley, Ethan Doherty, Niall Loughlin, Ciaran McFaul, Benny Heron, Shane McGuigan, Paul Cassidy.
Subs: Paul McNeill for C Doherty, 50mins; Niall Toner for P Cassidy, 55mins; Oisin McWilliams for E Bradley, 59mins; Shea Downey for B Heron, 60mins; Ben McCarron for N Loughlin, 64mins; Jack Doherty for P Cassidy, 64mins; Declan Cassidy for P McGrogan, 64mins
Derry scorers: Shane McGuigan (2-5, 1-0 en), Ethan Doherty (1-1), Gareth McKinless (1-0), Niall Toner (1-0), Benny Heron (0-1), Conor Glass (0-1), Paul Cassidy (0-1), Niall Loughlin (0-1, 1f), Ciaran McFaul (0-1), Conor Doherty (0-1), Oisin McWilliams (0-1)
Fermanagh: Chris Snow, Tiernan Daly, Jonny Cassidy, Luke Flanagan, Kane Connor, James McMahon, Kevin McDonnell, Eoin Donnelly, Stephen McGullion, Ciaran Corrigan, Tiarnan Bogue, Josh Largo Ellis, Sean Cassidy, Darragh McGurn, Sean Quigley.
Subs: Declan McCusker for E Donnelly (inj), 19mins; Cain McManus for T Daly (blood sub), 42mins; Aidan Breen for D McGurn, 44mins; Conor Love for S Cassidy, 44mins; Richard O’Callaghan for T Bogue, 54mins; Danny Leonard for T Daly, 57mins; Mark McCauley for J McMahon, 57mins; Paul McCusker for C Corrigan, 62mins.
Fermanagh scorers: Sean Quigley (0-7, 5f, 1 forty-five), Ciaran Corrigan (0-1), Tiarnan Bogue (0-1)
Referee: Paul Faloon (Down)
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