A dramatic last gasp mark in the 74th minute from Fermanagh’s Conall Jones gave the home side a draw against 14-man Cork in a thrilling affair at Brewster Park.

Jones' mark was moved forward for dissent and his equaliser was greeted with a huge roar from the home crowd.

But this was a match the home side should have won, as they dominated the second half after a poor opener where Cork led by 0-4 to 0-1.

Fermanagh hit eight wides from very scoreable positions in that second half.

It looked like Cork had snatched victory against the run of play when their best player, Ian Maguire, set up wing-back Matthew Taylor for a clinically finished goal in the 60th minute.

Taylor’s cool finish put Cork into a 1-5 to 0-7 lead as the Ernesiders threw everything into snatching the points.

However some erratic shooting resulted in a number of glaring wides, before Jones' late rescuing act.

Cork's Matthew Taylor on target with second-half goal for Cork

It looked bleak for the home side as they trailed by three at the interval, Jones getting their sole score from an early free with Luke Connolly, Damian Gore, Eoghan McSweeey and James Loughrey all replying for the Rebels.

The Ernesiders came out like a steam train after the break, and hit five quick points in the third quarter, from Aidan Breen, Declan McCusker, Ciaran Corrigan, Danny Teague and Sean Quigley.

Cork could convert just one point in this half, coming from Connolly, and the team relied mostly on breaks.

They also lost combative wing forward Ruairi Deane to a second yellow card in the 45th minute, leaving the field to loud applause from the partisan home support.

Fermanagh settled and took the lead when Jones pointed and an early free after Declan McCusker was fouled after two minutes.

But that was to be their only score of the half as a physically superior Cork side equalized through Luke Connolly.

It was turgid stuff with scores at a premium, but Cork looked the more enterprising, as both sides played with a focus on defence.

Damian Gore put Cork into the lead when he converted a mark in the 10th minute.

Eoghan McSweeney extended that lead in the 15th minute and that signalled a 15 minute scoring famine for the home side as McSweeney and ex Antrim player James Loughrey all raised white flags for the visitors.

At this point, the Leesiders were worth their lead.

But the home side upped the ante in the third quarter and were a transformed side.

They created a plethora of chances but will surely feel that this was a point dropped in a merciless division.

Fermanagh: T Treacy; J Cassidy, C Cullen, L Cullen; U Kelm, J McMahon, K Connor; E Donnelly, R Jones; A Breen (0-1) D McCusker (0-1),C Corrigan (0-1); D Teague (0-1) C Jones (0-2f) K McDonnell.

Subs: S Quigley (0-1f) for K McDonnell (26), R Lyons for Kane Connor (h-time), G Jones for D Teague (54), S McGullion for D McCusker, 

Cork: M White; K O’Donovan, K Flahive, C Dennehy; J Loughrey (0-1) S Cronin, M Taylor (1-0) I Maguire, R O’Toole; T Clancy, E McSweeney (0-1)R Deane; D Gore (0-1 mark) B Hurley, L Connolly (0-2)

Subs: C O’Hanlon for R O’Toole, M for B Hurley (52) J O’Rourke for D Gore (56), L O’Donovan for James Loughrey (57),S White for E McSweeney (65),

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow)