Barry's late brace sees Laois edge Fermanagh for Tailteann Cup quarter-final berth

June 10, 2023

Mark Barry of Laois ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Two late Mark Barry points proved the difference Laois edged Fermanagh in Enniskillen for a place in the Tailteann Cup quarter-finals.

It finished 1-11 to 1-9 at Brewster Park, where Fermanagh had to play the entire second-half with 14 men after Ryan Jones’ 33rd minute dismissal but still managed to keep it tight with their Leinster counterparts until Barry had the final say.

After having trailed by 0-6 to 0-4 at the interval, the hosts hit the first four points of the restart via Luke Flanagan, Conor McGee, Ryan Lyons and Brandon Horan to move into a two-point lead in the 46th minute.

Laois responded in the best possible fashion four minutes later when Mark Timmons hammered in the game’s first goal and it’d be backed up by an Evan O’Carroll point that made it 1-7 to 0-8.

Sean Quigley had the ball in the O’Moore men’s net just a minute later much to the home fans’ delight and, although they’d fall behind again, the Ernesiders would level it through Ryan Lyons in the 64th minute.

A Barry free nudged Laois back in front and his next score would end up ensuring the win for Billy Sheehan’s men as they entered into the last eight draw and brought the curtain down on Fermanagh’s campaign.

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