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Down Ladies lose unbeaten record to Fermanagh

Catherine McConville, Down Ladies

Suzuki Ladies Football Division Three Result

Down 1-8 Fermanagh 2-8

The Down Ladies team lost their unbeaten record in the Suzuki National League on Sunday against a determined Fermanagh side at Pairc an Easler.

Down got off to a good start in the fourth minute with a free kick from Kyla Trainor after a foul on Michaela Downey. However the Erne County quickly responded with a goal two minutes later - a high ball in beating the Down defenders, to leave a free shot for the Fermanagh forward. Down brought the gap back to one point after a good ball in from the wing by Aveen McEvoy to Lisa Morgan resulted in a foul. The Castlewellan woman duly pointed from the free. The remainder of the first half though saw Fermanagh capitalise on their possession, especially from frees and despite a Down point from Karen Keown, the Erne County went into the break well in control, leading 2-4 to 0-3.

In what proved to be a tense second half, the Down girls lifted their game to get some early scores from Lisa Morgan and Emma O‘Reilly. An excellent solo effort from Kyla Trainor, resulting in a goal saw the gap narrowed to three points. The Down side had the lion’s share of possession and piled on the pressure with additional scores from Lisa Morgan and Lyndsey Cunningham. However, some dogged defence from Fermanagh in the last few minutes enabled them to hold on to win 2-8 to 1-8.

The Down girls will no doubt be disappointed with the nature of their performance, especially in the first half. However with these two teams dominating this Division, a rematch in the playoff final looks likely – a match that both sides will be eagerly looking forward to.



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