Warwickshire hurlers on verge of historic Croke Park final

Fermanagh 0-15

Warwickshire 1-12

By Larry Cooney

Warwickshire’s hurlers are on the brink of appearing in their first-ever Lory Meagher Cup final after a thrilling draw with Fermanagh at Brewster Park, Enniskillen last Saturday afternoon.

A victory over eliminated Leitrim at Pairc na hEireann on Saturday will guarantee the Exiles a place in a national championship final for the first time since 1973. But Warwickshire were made to fight all the way for their hard earned draw against a fiesty Fermanagh team.

It looked as if the visitors were set for victory after the Ernesiders were reduced to 14-men when corner back Danny Teague was dismissed on a straight red for striking an opponent in the 43rd minute. Teague had already received a yellow card in the first half but referee James Clarke clearly waved only a red card before his dismissal.

But Seamus McCusker’s men responded heroically following their set-back and dominated much of the reminder of the game and in the end it took a late Sean Hennessy pointed free to force a draw and a share of the spoils.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World



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