Fermanagh 0-13 1-10 Limerick

Peter Canavan's side struggled in the first half at Brewster Park

Fermanagh's expected promotion to Division 3 will have to wait at least another week after they were held to a draw by Limerick in Sunday's clash.

The Ernemen produced a strangely subdued first half as they managed only one point in the opening 27 minutes.

Ger Collins' early goal helped Limerick lead 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.

Four straight points after the interval put Fermanagh ahead only for Limerick to hit five unanswered scores but the home side fought back to earn a draw.

Collins turned Niall McGovern before firing past Chris Breen for the game's opening score in the third minute at Brewster Park.

Conor Quigley replied with a Fermanagh point but the impressive John Galvin, Ian Ryan and Seamus O'Carroll tagged on further Limerick scores.

Paul Ward wasted a Fermanagh goal chance and kicked another bad wide while Seamus Quigley was also off target with a point-scoring chance as the Erne attack were misfiring badly.

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Peter Canavan on Fermanagh's draw with Limerick

Shane McCabe and Seamus Quigley eventually got Fermanagh scoring again but keeper Brian Scanlon's free helped Limerick lead 1-4 to 0-4 at the break with Tomas Corrigan squandering an Erne goal chance just before the interval.

By that stage, Limerick had sustained a bad blow with the influential Galvin forced off by an apparent knee injury.

No doubt with Peter Canavan's half-time team talk ringing in their ears, Fermanagh picked up the pace considerably after the break as Ryan Jones, Corrigan and two Seamus Quigley points nudged the home side one ahead.

But the Fermanagh rally only provoked a response from Limerick as John Mullane, Eoin O'Connor, Collins and keeper Scanlon [two] hit unanswered scores.

However from four points down, Fermanagh showed resilience to fight back again with Seamus Quigley, the impressive McCabe and Corrigan among the late point scorers.

Both teams had chances to win it but a draw was probably a fair result.

Fermanagh will secure promotion if they win in Carlow next Sunday and even defeat at Dr Cullen Park, will still leave them with a final chance in the home game against Leitrim a week later.

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