'Ricey' braced for relegation battle

February 24, 2020

Ryan McMenamin. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Ryan McMenamin conceded that Fermanagh are facing a battle to retain their Allianz Football League Division 2 status after suffering their third defeat of the campaign at the hands of neighbours Cavan.

The Erne County boss felt his side should have had a second half penalty as they slipped to a three-point loss in Brewster Park.

“We battled hard, we just didn’t make enough of our chances,” he said in the Irish News.

“Ciaran Corrigan was pulled down - the umpire told him it should’ve been a penalty and a black card, the referee was told but played on. It was harsh. When you’re a smaller county, you don’t get those calls; if it had been Tyrone or Dublin playing it would’ve been a penalty.

“But we’re making too many silly decisions, shooting from silly angles… 12 wides, four or five dropped short. At this level you can’t be doing that.

“We’re bitterly annoyed that we lost tonight - it’s a relegation battle now.”

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