Fermanagh beat Meath 1-12 to 0-09 in their Bank of Ireland SFC third round qualifier thanks to a brilliant second half performance.

The first half was a dull affair with Meath slightly shading it on a scoreline of 0-05 to 0-03. Meath opened the scoring through Hank Traynor with Trevor Giles adding to this with a successful 45. Meath were playing a lot of ball through Ollie Murphy who was giving the opposing backline a tough time. Graham Geraghty fisted Meath's third point over the bar. Jim Sherry opened the scoring for Fermanagh on 15 minutes following a good pass from Tom Brewster and this was quickly followed up by a Raymond Gallagher free.

This seemed to signal the end of Meath's dominance as they lost Ollie Murphy through injury and Fermanagh equalised on 26 minutes. Murphy’s replacement Ray McGee put Meath back in front and as weather conditions deteriorated, so did both side's accuracy in front of the posts. Meath did, however, manage one more score through Charles McCarthy in a poor first half for both sides.

Within a minute of the restart a through ball from Ciaran Donnelly found Ryan Keenan who knocked the ball down for Raymond Gallagher to find the net with sweetly struck effort. Gallagher added two further points with Brewster and Donnelly scoring once each before Richie Keeley could answer for Meath, only to have the score instantly cancelled out by Brewster.

Meath made several positional changes in desperation but it was to no avail as Fermanagh were playing some great football, over-running the midfield and picking off some great points through Gallagher and Donnelly. Meath failed to muster an adequate response and Brewster got the last point of the match, from a free, but the game had been long over as a competition thanks mainly to Raymond Gallagher's impressive tally of 1-05.

Filed by Barry J Whyte