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GL Programme – Fermanagh v Cork 2004

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When? Saturday, July 17, 2004

What? All-Ireland Qualifier

Wh0? Fermanagh 0-18 Cork 0-12

Where? Croke Park

Whistler? Maurice Deegan (Laois)

A marvellous run through the qualifiers raised the profile of the Fermanagh footballers in 2015, just as it had done under the management of Charlie Mulgrew 11 years earlier in 2004.

Perhaps the key difference between the two seasons was the high quality of opposition which they defeated in the two years. Cork and Armagh were among the teams beaten by them in 2004 on their way to the All-Ireland semi-final.

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The win over Cork at Croke Park in mid-July served notice of their intentions. Nobody gave them any real chance of securing victory, but their eventual six point win was fully deserved.

The teams were level on six points apiece at the interval, but it was Fermanagh who really upped the tempo on the resumption, outscoring their opponents by 0-12 to 0-6 in that second period.

Nevertheless, it was Cork who opened the second half strongest and were confidently expected to press ahead when they led by 0-10 to 0-7 at one stage. Instead, the trend of the match turned decisively in favour of Fermanagh.

Shane Maguire, James Sherry and Eamon Maguire all excelled, as did Tom Brewster and Colm Bradley. In the end the Munster side had no answers and it was the Ulster men who marched proudly into the last eight.

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