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Fermanagh through to All Ireland semi with gritty performance

Noelle Connolly finds herself surrounded by Roscmmon defenders

Noelle Connolly finds herself surrounded by Roscommon defenders

Fermanagh 1-12
Roscommon 1-07

Fermanagh were the better team in this All Ireland quarter final against the girls from the west but as their players and manager admitted after the game the performance was far from ideal as they now look forward to an All Ireland seim final against Tipperary.

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But while they may not have attained the fluency and brilliance of previous games this season they did show grit, determination and a desire to get the job done.

Indeed they will take heart from winning this game without hitting top form and will be buoyed by the fact that they showed that much sought off ability to win games while not playing at your best.

It was in front of goal where Fermanagh had most of their problems as they misfired on a number of occasions.

A Sharon Little goal in the first half though proved to be the vital score of the day as it always afforded the Erne girls a comfortable cushion.

When Little hit her spectacular shot into the top corner the score was 0-03 to 0-02 in favour of Roscommon.

Point scorers for Fermanagh in the first half included Carline Little from frees and the impressive Noelle Connolly who hit two and midfielder Marcella Connolly who popped up with a point.

But Roscommon refused to give up the ghost and they hit six points of their own in the first half to leave just two points between the sides at half time.

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The second half was dominated by Fermanagh however as they kept the Roscommon girls to just a goal and a point.

Switching Aisling Moane and Lynn McFrederick proved a master stroke as McFrederick gathered ball around the middle and Moane proved a danger in the full forward line hitting the first point of the second half.

The Erne girls took further control over the course of the next twenty minutes with Moane hitting two more points and McFrederick landing a beauty from 45 meters as they pushed seven clear of a battling Roscommon.

Tara Little also got in on the scoring storming forward form centre back and while Roscommon kept in touch it wasn’t until they landed a goal when a dipping shot from distance found the Fermanagh net that the game was tight again with just four between the sides.

But it was Fermanagh who got the next score when the brilliant Shauna Hamilton came forward from wing back to slot over the final score of the game and see Fermanagh book their place in the All Ireland semi final.

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