Pete McGrath was urging caution after Fermanagh inflicted a 13-point mauling on Antrim to book their place in this morning’s draw for the third round of All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.
Kildare, Roscommon or Longford will be their opponents this weekend and while the Erne manager wants his team to still be playing football in August, he knows they won’t get things so easy next time out.
He said: “We are very gratified by the quality of football today, but we realise the next game is going to be a sterner, more challenging test. Over the length and breadth of the country, people are not going to be quaking in their boots about Fermanagh.”
Sean Quigley failed to score from play when Fermanagh beat Antrim in the Ulster championship five weeks ago. In Brewster Park yesterday, he hit 14 points, including seven from play.
The sides were level three times early on with Owen Gallagher’s point putting Antrim ahead for the only time in the game at 0-3 to 0-2 after eight minutes. However, they failed to score for the next 23 minutes as Fermanagh charge.
The Saffrons brought on CJ McGourty to add some sparkle to their attack and he contributed three points, including one finely struck left-footed effort while off balance.
But, inevitably, it was Quigley who continued to dominate with a point just 17 seconds after the restart.
Defender Marty O’Brien drilled the ball high into the roof of the net for the game’s only goal, to put Fermanagh 1-17 to 0-9 ahead after 54 minutes and the final quarter was a non-event with the game long over as a contest.
T Treacy; M Jones, T Daly, N Cassidy (0-1); D McCusker, J McMahon, M O’Brien (1-0); E Donnelly, R O’Callaghan; B Mulrone (0-1), R Jones, D Kelly; P McCusker (0-1), S Quigley (0-14, 5f, 2 ‘45’), T Corrigan (0-1)
D Kille (0-1) for Corrigan (18), C Jones (0-1) for D McCusker (60), A Breen for O’Brien (63), C Cullen for O’Callaghan (67), S McManus (0-1) for Quigley (70).
C Kerr (0-1, a ‘45’); N Delargy, S McVeigh, J Laverty; J Crozier (0-1), T Scullion, R Johnston; C Murray, B Hasson; D Lynch, D McAleese, M Pollock (0-3, 1f); M Sweeney (0-1), R Murray, O Gallagher (0-1).
N McKeever (0-1) for Lynch (28), CJ McGourty (0-3, 1f) for McAleese (HT), J Dowling for Hasson (47), R McGrady for McVeigh (51), N O’Neill for Gallagher (59), C Duffin for R Murray (61).
Barry Cassidy (Derry).