Armagh snatch victory over Fermanagh with last-gasp point

Armagh snatch victory over Fermanagh with last-gasp point
Eoin Donnelly, Fermanagh, in action against Aaron Findon, Armagh. Allianz Football League, Division 2, Round 3, Armagh v Fermanagh, Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Armagh 1-10 Fermanagh 0-12

By Orla Bannon

Stefan Campbell rescued Armagh's league campaign with the winning point right at the death to boost Kieran McGeeney's side's hopes of staying in Division Two.

Fermanagh thought they'd salvaged a draw when Tomas Corrigan converted a long-range free in the third minute of injury time in the Athletic Grounds.

There was still a few seconds of stoppage time left, however, and Campbell fired over a spectacular winner from 40m to hand Armagh a first win of the campaign.

The game was marred by some late hits and poor tackles which went unpunished, and a half-time scuffle in the tunnel.

But the game was saved as a spectacle by a dramatic finish, with Armagh outscoring Fermanagh 0-4 to 0-2 in an exciting last 15 minutes.

Armagh started and finished the game very well and showed a lot of character to dig out what could be a vita come the end of an ultra competitive division.

They coasted into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes.

Colm Watters and Niall Grimley scored quality long-range points for Armagh in the early stages before Campbell pounced, gathering Micheal McKenna's long ball in and rolled the defender, drilling the ball low with his left foot across goal into the far corner.

Sean Quigley's sixth minute free was all Fermanagh had to show for their early efforts but they slowly warmed to the task and outscored the home side by 0-5 to 0-2 before the break.

Tomas Corrigan and Quigley nailed frees before Ruairi Corrigan hit their first from play, a well-worked score after 24 minutes.

Quigley almost grabbed an equalising goal for the Erne men, his fisted shot crashing off the crossbar.

The impressive Michael McKenna scored from play but Fermanagh responded with the last two points of the half to leave them trailing 1-5 to 0-6.

A row involving up to 20 players erupted in the wake of Tony Kernan's black card for tripping Quigley. Tempers rose as referee Cormac Reilly blew the half-time whistle and the row continued as the players made their way down the tunnel.

Reilly took little action apart from booking Aidan Forker and James McMahon before the second half started.

Aidan Breen, who sparkled for Fermanagh, and Tomas Corrigan drew Fermanagh level after 43 minutes.

Micheal McKenna, who along with Campbell led the Armagh attack, ended a 22-minute scoring drought for his team to restore their lead.

A Quigley free and a superb point from near the sideline from Breen put Fermanagh ahead for the first time after 53 minutes.

Armagh rallied through scores from twin threats Campbell and McKenna and while Tomas Corrigan levelled it again, Campbell hit his first from play to nudge Armagh ahead 1-9 to 0-11.

Corrigan thumped over a long-range free which looked right at the edge of his range and thought he'd rescued a point for his side, before Campbell's inspirational winning score.

Scorers for Armagh – S Campbell 1-5 (3f), M McKenna 0-3, N Grimley, C Watters 0-1 each

Scorers for Fermanagh – T Corrigan 0-5 (3f), S Quigley 0-3 (3f), A Breen 0-2, R Corrigan 0-1, P Rehill 0-1

ARMAGH: M McNeice. S Heffron, C Vernon, A Mallon. S Forker, A Forker, M Shields. A Findon, N Grimley. S Campbell, M McKenna, S Connell. C Watters, C O'Hanlon, A Murnin.

Subs: G McParland for Murnin (20), T Kernan for O'Hanlon (21), N McConville for Kernan (BC, 35), J Morgan for Watters (BC, 44), J McElroy for Grimley (55), J Feeney for McConville (63).

FERMANAGH: C Snow. M Jones, C Cullen, N Cassidy. P Rehill, J McMahon, A Breen. E Donnelly, D Kelly. B Mulrone, R Jones, K Connor. R Corrigan, S Quigley, T Corrigan.

Subs: R O'Callaghan for Kelly (55), P McGovern for Rehill (58), D Teague for Connor (63), E McManus for R Corrigan (68).

REFEREE: Cormac Reilly (Meath).

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