Fermanagh boss relieved to reach Croke Park final

A despondent Leitrim bench at the final whistle.
Fermanagh manager Seamus McCusker was a pleased man as he spoke last Saturday evening, safe in the knowledge that his side had booked their place in the Croke Park decider.

Fermanagh manager Seamus McCusker was a pleased man as he spoke last Saturday evening, safe in the knowledge that his side had booked their place in the Croke Park decider.

While pleased with how his own side performed Seamus was aware of just how deep his players had to dig to ensure victory and he paid tribute to the Leitrim effort.

“It was very tough, we knew coming in today that this was Leitrim’s last chance to progress to Croke Park. They fought like lions out there today but so did our boys and I suppose being at home was a good advantage to us.”

Having seen his side struggle to contain Leitrim and in particular Padraig O’Donnell in the opening half, Fermanagh struggled in the opening stages of the second half before they came storming back.

“Leitrim had their opportunities to take it today but they didn’t but that sometimes happens.

“We thought when we missed the penalty that it was looking like it was going to be one of those days but thankfully the lads showed great character in the second half.

With the pressure on Seamus was pleased with how victory was assured.

“We saw the game out, that was one thing that pleased us. With five minutes to go there was only one score in it and we kept it at one score and that was pleasing.