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Social Media Reaction: Dramatic Derry and Fermanagh tie

Sharon Murphy celebrates scoring the equalising goal for Fermanagh

There was much drama during yesterday’s All-Ireland ladies football junior championship final between Fermanagh and Derry, as the Erne county earned a replay with a late penalty.

The Fermanagh ladies had been favourites to win the game before hand having beaten Derry four times already this season, but the Oak Leaf girls put on a fantastic performance.

The first half was a close affair, Derry took the early lead, but Fermanagh hit back as Sharon Murphy scored three points.

Megan Devine, Emma Doherty and Danielle Kivlehan earned Derry the lead but back came Fermanagh, as Roisin O’Reilly got their goal. Ciara McGurk responded with Derry’s goal just before half time and Derry led at the interval, 1-4 to 1-3

The second half was just as close as the game ebbed and flowed, Derry were just in front for most of it. The final five minutes were frantic. Derry hit the cross bar, and then at the other end Fermanaghwere awareded a penalty. Sharon Murphy took responsibility for the kick and found the net  to leave the game all square, 2-10 to 3-7.

Fermanagh won the kick out and it looked as though Eimear Smyth had been fouled but the referee waved the appeals away.

There was still more drama in the aftermath as one of the Derry players, Ciara McGurk was met with a wedding proposal from her boyfriend Ryan McCloskey.

It was the drama on the pitch that caught the imagination of the fans watching at Croke Park and on RTE.


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