Football League Division Three North: Derry hammer Fermanagh as Cavan beat Longford

Shane McGuigan
Shane McGuigan

Derry closed in on a place in the Division Three promotion semi-finals thanks to a thumping 5-13 to 0-9 victory over Fermanagh at Owenbeg.

The visitors hit the first two points of the game before Derry seized control with Ethan Doherty, Shane McGuigan (2), Gareth McKinless and Oisin McWilliams all scoring goals.

After two wins from two, Derry are guaranteed a semi-final spot.

Elsewhere in the division, Cavan beat Longford 1-19 to 1-13 at Breffni Park.

Shane McGuigan starred for Derry with a 2-5 tally and the Slaughtneil forward opened Derry's account with a point before Doherty rifled into the roof of the net on six minutes.

Piling up the points

Sean Quigley fired over two frees to bring Fermanagh level at 1-1 to 0-4 but the Oak Leafers then scored six of the next seven points to earn a four-point advantage at the break.

The match was won early in the second half as a classy finish from McKinless was followed by a McGuigan penalty.

Ciaran McFaul was fouled by Josh Largo-Ellis, who was black-carded, and McGuigan stepped up to fire past Chris Snow.

McGuigan smashed in to complete his double and McWilliams slotted home the fifth goal as Fermanagh wilted.

Quigley scored six frees in his seven points for the Ernemen, who sit on two points after beating Cavan in last weekend's opener.

Cavan too strong for Longford in Breffni battle

Cavan secured their first win of the season after holding off Longford to clinch a 1-19 to 1-13 win in a keenly-contested encounter at Breffni Park.

Both sides displayed a willingness to bounce back from defeats in their opening games last week during a thoroughly entertaining first half which featured a series of a magnificent long-ranged scores.

Ulster champions Cavan roared into a commanding 1-6 to 0-3 lead after 20 minutes with Gearoid McKiernan hammering home a superb goal just prior to the first-half water break.

But having been overpowered by Derry last time out, Longford fought back in impressive fashion with Darragh Doherty and Liam Connerton scores helping the Midlanders narrow the gap to just two at half time.

Gearoid McKiernan struck Cavan's goal during a fast start for the Ulster champions against Longford
Gearoid McKiernan struck Cavan's goal during a fast start for the Ulster champions against Longford

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Early in the second half, there was a seven-minute stoppage due to James Smith's injury with the Cavan forward eventually replaced by Luke Fortune after receiving medical attention on the pitch - it is believed the injury is not as bad as first feared.

That did little to disrupt Cavan's momentum, however, as they reeled off four points from Oisin Person, Gearoid McKiernan, Padraig Faulkner and Patrick Lynch scoring to give Cavan a four-point advantage at the end of the third quarter.

However, Longford hit back with a goal from captain Darren Gallagher's penalty after Dessie Reynolds had been hauled down by Patrick Lynch, which brought the difference back to four after Conor Smith (2) and Martin Reilly had extended Cavan's lead to seven.

But Cavan held their nerve during the closing stages with two Raymond Galligan scores, either side of a Barry McKeon point for Longford, enough to secure a six-point win for Mickey Graham's side.

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