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  1. Brewster Park hosts opening Ulster match
  2. Fermanagh seven points ahead at half-time
  3. Ernemen win 1-12 to 0-9 to set up Donegal quarter-final

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig

All times stated are UK

Signing off

That's all from us for today and thanks for following our live text coverage of the preliminary round clash. We'll be back next Sunday for the mouth-watering showdown between Derry and Tyrone in the Ulster SFC quarter-finals.

Our match report is now available here

We need to improve - Corrigan

Our first-half display was very pleasing - we targeted the first 10 minutes to make a fast start. But I'm disappointed with our second-half display and we need to work on that. Donegal will be a lot more intense and we have to cut out mistakes.

Tomas CorriganFermanagh forward

Star man

Fermanagh now face Donegal at Ballybofey in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final
Fermanagh now face Donegal at Ballybofey in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final

It just wouldn't be @FermanaghGAA if they were to cruise through an Ulster championship match without any nerves @bbcchampionship


Fermanagh 1-12 0-9 Antrim

All over and Fermanagh withstand a late Saffrons fightback to secure a deserved victory at Brewster Park. Tomas Corrigan did the damage for the Erne outfit with nine points in a brilliant individual performance. Pete McGrath's side progress to meet Donegal in the Ulster SFC quarter-finals while it's the All-Ireland qualifiers for Antrim.

Too little too late

Fermanagh 1-12 0-9 Antrim

Tomas McCann's point in added time is merely a consolation score for Antrim 

Fermanagh 1-12 0-8 Antrim

Sean Quigley dashes Antrim hopes as the forward slips the ball into the corner of the Antrim net with a minute left

Antrim's Martin Johnston attempts to win the ball off Paul McCusker of Fermanagh
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Antrim's Martin Johnston attempts to win the ball from Paul McCusker

Fermanagh 0-12 0-8 Antrim

Tomas Corrigan calms Fermanagh nerves with a free which just sneaks inside the upright

Game on!

Fermanagh 0-11 0-8 Antrim

It's now five without reply from the Saffrons as Ryan Murray and Sean Burke rifle over. Just a goal between the sides

Fermanagh 0-11 0-6 Antrim

It's down to five as Tomas McCann slips over a free. Nine minutes left

Missed opportunity

Fermanagh 0-11 0-5 Antrim

That could be the defining moment of the game. Saffrons forward Brian Neeson gets free of his marker but from close range blasts into the side-netting. A goal would have definitely rattled the hosts. 

Antrim's Ricky Johnston gets to Grips with Fermanagh's Sean Quigley
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Antrim's Ricky Johnston gets to grips with Fermanagh forward Sean Quigley

Is the comeback on?

Fermanagh 0-11 0-5 Antrim

John Carron makes it two points in a row from the Saffrons - the gap is down to six with 16 minutes remaining.

Fermanagh 0-11 0-4 Antrim

Tomas Corrigan moves to personal tally of eight points in the game with a free which is followed by a fine score from Antrim's Mark Sweeney

Fermanagh 0-10 0-3 Antrim

Seventeen minutes into the second half and the scoreboard is ticking again. Antrim forward Tomas McCann has the honour of the first point since the restart but Tomas Corrigan responds almost immediately 

Antrim are struggling to get far enough up the field to create good scoring chances. They have a lot of work to do

Sean KellyFormer Antrim player on BBC Radio Ulster

Yellow card

Fermanagh 0-9 0-2 Antrim

Indeed, it's double yellow. Fermanagh forward Ryan Jones and Antrim's Martin Johnston are punished after an off-the-ball incident. Seven minutes into the second half and still no addition to the scoring.

Yellow card

Sean McVeigh is on pitch just a matter of seconds but the substitute has already been cautioned for a heavy challenge

Antrim make change

The Saffrons have made a half-time replacement with Sean McVeigh coming on for Conor Murray 

@bbcchampionship it's all up hill for Antrim now but nothing impossible they will have to come out on fire for second 35 mins.

Halftime stats from @FermanaghGAA v @AontroimGAA #USFC #Ulster2016

Halftime stats from @FermanaghGAA v @AontroimGAA #USFC #Ulster2016

Ernemen in control at break

Half-time: Fermanagh 0-9 0-2 Antrim

A Tomas Corrigan inspired Fermanagh walk down the tunnel, seven points ahead of a disappointing Antrim team. The fare on the pitch has been enjoyed by the majority of a 9,124 crowd. The Saffrons need a massive second-half display to overcome a clinical Erne side.  

Fermanagh's Mickey Jones beats Antrim forward Brian Neeson to the ball
Fermanagh's Mickey Jones beats Antrim forward Brian Neeson to the ball

Fermanagh 0-9 0-2 Antrim

Brian Neeson converts an easy free but Antrim need a couple of more points before the break to boost hopes of a comeback

Classy Corrigan

Fermanagh 0-9 0-1 Antrim

There's no stopping Tomas Corrigan - from a tight angle and close to the touchline, he manages to arrow the ball between the sticks. Then he repeats the feat just seconds later. Wonderful stuff  

Fermanagh 0-7 0-1 Antrim

Sean Quigley pops it over to restore Fermanagh's six-point advantage

Fermanagh have started very well and are running at Antrim. The McCuskers, Paul and Declan, are causing plenty of problems

Martin McGrathFormer Fermanagh captain

Fermanagh 0-6 0-1 Antrim

Aidan Breen gets in on the act with a neat finish to make it six without reply. Brian Neeson sees a shot saved before finally putting Antrim on the scoreboard after 23 minutes. 

Corrigan on fire!

Fermanagh 0-5 0-0 Antrim

That's four points now from the impressive Tomas Corrigan, this time the forward steps inside before firing over

Yellow card

Antrim's Michael McCann is first in the book

Antrim are going to have to get primary possession in the middle of the field because they need a few scores. They don’t seem to have wakened up yet.

Brian CanavanFormer Armagh joint manager on BBC Radio Ulster

Time to worry?

Fermanagh 0-4 0-0 Antrim

Another free from Corrigan and already there's concern for Antrim's prospects of progressing  

Fermanagh 0-3 0-0 Antrim

Antrim miss the chance to get off the mark as Tomas McCann sends his free wide

Fermanagh 0-3 0-0 Antrim

Tomas Corrigan extends the advantage with his second free

Fermanagh 0-2 0-0 Antrim

Declan McCusker doubles the lead, opting to chip over instead of going for goal.

Fermanagh 0-1 0-0 Antrim

First blood to the Ernemen as Tomas Corrigan flights over a free.

Late change

Antrim have made a late switch with Mark Sweeney coming in for Niall McKeever.

Antrim team
Antrim team

Fermanagh team
Fermanagh team