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New York GAA Goal flurry propels Fermanagh

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Sean O’Reilly

Fermanagh 3-9, Celtics 0-8

The last game of the day at Gaelic Park Sunday was an entertaining encounter with two evenly matched sides. Fermanagh were much more efficient in their forward line and finished off a wasteful Celtics side in the final 10 minutes.

In a low-scoring first half, Fermanagh had the better of the exchanges, with scores coming from Steve Owen and full forward Colm Shannon. Kenny Cox was Celtics best forward in the first half and he scored two points. Fermanagh had a fortunate goal from Keith Mulhern in the 19th minute when he collected a short kick out and he made no mistake from close range. Tony Rafferty added a point with live-wire Colm Shannon contributing two scores before the break.

Derek Mckenna of Celtics and Steve Keating from Fermanagh were sent to the line in the first half for an off-the-ball incident.

Fermanagh went to the break leading by four points on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-4.

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Fermanagh were first to score in the second half, through Colm Shannon. Celtics then dominated for long periods, but their forwards were wasteful in front of goal and they managed only four points for the second half. Dermot O’Sullivan (0-2) and Sean O’Sullivan (0-2) were the Celtics scorers, but they should have had more from their possession.

Fermanagh, who seemed to lose their way early in the half, came back into the game with two goals in the space of two minutes from Steve Owens and Barry Shannon in the 24th and 25th minute, respectively. This ended the game as a contest and Fermanagh finished the job with scores from Barry Shannon and Sean Malee.

Celtics tried hard, but their inability to score cost them dearly in the end. They had good performers in Tony Rafferty, Andy O’ Grady, John Walsh, Kenny Cox and Dermot O’ Sullivan.

Fermanagh’s best were Colm Walsh and Noel McGovern in defense, while up front Steve Owens, Colm Shannon, Keith Mulhern and Barry Shannon accounted for most of their scores.

Fermanagh: A. Beatty, K. Donnelly, N.McGovern, C. Walsh, D. Boyle, S. Mahon, S. Keating, S. Malee (0-1), D. Doherty, J. Egan, S. Owens (1-2), G. Murphy, K. Mulhern (1-1), C. Shannon(0-4), B. Shannon (1-0). Subs: Kieran Lee, Martin McGlade.

Celtics: N. Rooney, D. McKenna, J. Walsh, A. O’Connor, T. Rafferty( 0-1), M. Kelly, C. Mulhare, D. O’Sullivan, Derek McKenna(0-1), S. O’Sullivan (0-2), K. Cox (0-2), D. O’Sullivan (0-2), J. O’Connor, J. O’Sullivan, K. O’Mara.

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