Fermanagh 0-14 Donegal 0-12
Fighting Fermanagh scored a rare but thoroughly deserved victory over Donegal in a real thriller in Brewster Park tonight.
Two late points from Fergal McGovern and Conor Love sealed the deal for the wasteful winners who also hit ten wides.
And they did it without the outstanding senior star Ultan Kelm who had to go off injured in the 32nd minute.
Fermanagh had a whirlwind start with senior star Ultan Kelm repeatedly spearing through the Donegal defence.
Eoin Beacom opened the scoring the Ernesiders after just 30 seconds and Kelm underlined his threat by soloing 40 metres and hitting a fine point on the run.
It looked bleak for Dongal when Callum Jones increased the home sides lead to 0-3 to 0-1.
But, Fermanagh were winning the midfield battle and Erne captain Cameron McBrien made it 0-4 to 0-1 by the 13th minute.
However, Donegal were gradually clawing their way back into the game and a Shane McDevitt free and another point from the foragin Dolan left the minimum margin between the sides.
Fermanagh had the upper hand and Donegal midfielder Dolan was lucky he did not get the line when he took out Fermnagh dual start Dara McBrien in the 20thminute.
However despite their dominance the Ernesiders hit six hasty wides to their opponents tally of three as Donegal landed two more points from McDevitt and Conor O'Donnell (jnr) to take the lead for the first time in the 30th minute.
But, with Kelm orchestrating again, Fermnagh finished the half in front through two points from substitute Conor Love and their first free of the half from Darragh McGurn to lead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Fermnagh had a great chance of a goal but Love got smothered up in the 31stminute.
However, Donegal were well pleased to be just a point behind after being well outplayed for most of the half Fermanagh.
The Ernesiders were quick out of the traps in the second half and centre forward Callum Jones extended their lead with a point in 33 seconds.
But they were struck a body blow in the 32ndminute when Kelm, who has been nursing a long- term leg injury, was forced to leave the field injured.
Donegal captain Peadar Mogan raced through the Erne defence and punched over an inspirational point at full pelt.
Conor O’Donnell snr then slung over a fine effort to leave the minimum margin between the teams.
But Fermanagh, who were dominating midfield, opened up a three point gap again through Jones and Beacom.
Donegal responded through a pointed Conor O’Donnell jnr free and one from play from Conor O’Donnell (snr).
It was neck and neck from then to the finish as both sides slugged it out and Donegal did manage to level matters through a great Conor O’Donnell (Snr) pt in the 59thminute.
But it was the superior Ernesiders who finished stronger and late points from Fergal McGovern and Conor love sealed a memorable.
Fermanagh: Cian Newman; Eoin Shiels, Johny Cassidy, Fergal Keenan; Ultan Kelm (0-1), Josh Largo Ellis, Ryan Breen; Eoin Beacom (0-2), Brandon Horan; Cameron McBrien (0-1),Callum Jones (0-3), Dara McBrien; Lorcan McStravick (0-1) Sean Cassidy (0-1),Darragh McGurn (0-21f).
Subs; Conor Love (0-2), for Lorcan McStravick (21 inj), Paul Breen for Ultan Kelm (inj 36), Liam Owen for Cameron McBrien (39), John Reihill for Dara McBrien (63).
Donegal: Eoin O’Boyle; Peter McEniff, Aaron Deeney Micheal McGroary; Karl McGlynn Jack McSherry, Aaron Deeney; Ryan McMahon, Paddy Dolan (0-3); Jeaic MacCellabhui, Conor O’Donnell (Snr 0-3), Ryan Cunningham (0-1),Shane McDevitt (0-2f), Conor O’Donnell (0-21f), Peadar Mogan (0-1).
Subs; Seamus Og Byrne for Michael McGroary (32), Shane O’Donnell for Shane McDevitt (38), Mark McAteer for Ryan Cunningham(43), Keelan McGroddy for Ryan McMahon (53), Fergal McGovern for Sean Cassidy (56).
Stephen Campbell (Tyrone),