GList: Fermanagh’s top scorers since 2008

Fermanagh’s top scorers since 2008 with help from John Hughes (Twitter: @thenumbersgael)

1 Sean Quigley:
21-339 (402 points)

COMFORTABLY in pole position is Fermanagh’s hugely influential forward Sean Quigley (and he’d be leading by even more only he took a sabbatical in 2020). Quigley averages a point for Fermanagh roughly every 14 minutes, and weighed in with seven points in their recent Ulster Championship semi-final defeat to Monaghan. His finest season in the green and white of Fermanagh was in 2015, when he would have won the Golden Boot had it not been for a technical error by the GAA who had initially failed to count an extra point from Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor. Not only does he score a lot, but he’s supremely effective from long-range and is usually deadly accurate from free-kicks as well. Still on the right side of 30, so who knows how many points he’ll end up with before he calls it a day.

2 Tomas Corrigan:
6-249 (267 points)

A BRILLIANT player on his day, Tomas isn’t part of the Fermanagh panel at present (though one wonders whether he’ll make a hasty return if his father Dominic is appointed as the new Fermanagh manager). It isn’t the first time the Kinawley forward has taken time out from the intercounty game, so it’s fairly impressive that he’s second on the list. While he doesn’t have the physical presence of Sean Quigley, he’s a tricky corner-forward who’s also adept at free-taking. He was left to carry the fight up front in 2020 as Quigley was absent, and he did a damn good job of it. Still has plenty to give so hopefully he’ll be back in county colours sooner rather than later.

3 Seamus Quigley:
19-149 (206 points)

THE most gifted player on the list? The statistics would suggest so as Seamus has on average scored a point every 11 minutes when playing for Fermanagh. It’s a pretty remarkable statistic, but a bittersweet one for Fermanagh fans as his intercounty career hasn’t been what it should be. He was the headline act in attack along with brother Sean when Peter Canavan was in charge, but he was dumped from the panel due to personal issues. He returned in 2018 but was dropped by Rory Gallagher for their victory over Monaghan in the Ulster Championship semi-final. He opted out in 2019 and it’s unlikely he’ll be back. It’s worth remembering the good times though – for example, three Quigley frees in stoppage time saw Fermanagh clinch promotion to Division Two with a dramatic win over Longford in early 2018.

4 Ryan Jones: 6-120 (138 points).

THE reason why Ryan Jones, a midfielder, features so prominently in this list is simple: he’s played a serious amount of games for Fermanagh down the years. The Derrygonnelly talisman isn’t part of the panel at present, but nobody can say he hasn’t contributed massively to the cause. Made his debut as a teenager so he’d already played for more than a decade when he decided not to commit this year. Possibly his most pivotal moment wasn’t actually a score, but his long ball to midfield partner Eoin Donnelly which ended up in a game-winning goal in the Ulster Championship semi-final against Monaghan in 2018. A colossus at midfield who obviously knows how to take a score as well.

5 Paul Ward: 5-96 (111 points)

NOT the most high-profile name on this list, but he’s a man who needs no introduction to people within the county itself. He’s been an absolutely brilliant servant to Derrygonnelly down the years, and played a huge part in their run to the five in-a-row between 2015 and 2019. He hasn’t played for Fermanagh since 2014, but while it was a particularly barren spell for the county at the time, Ward delivered plenty on a personal level, regularly racking up big scores. He was a lively and energetic corner-forward who was perhaps unlucky to play for Fermanagh at a time where they struggled to get past the first round of Ulster.

6 Conall Jones: 5-65 (80 points)

ANOTHER fella who’s opted out of the Fermanagh set-up at present. But anyway, there’s no doubt that Conall’s a fine footballer, and like some of the names already mentioned, he’s been integral to Derrygonnelly’s recent run of success. A physically powerful forward, he’s had plenty of good days in the Fermanagh jersey, albeit mainly in the league – he hit a last-minute equaliser against Cork in 2019 and was key to an impressive comeback against Roscommon last year.

7 Daryl Keenan: 8-52 (76 points)

ONE of Fermanagh’s best players in his day, Tempo man Daryl Keenan regularly chipped in with points from play in the early part of the last decade. Unfortunately, his season was curtailed by a serious back injury, which saw him play little football for four years before returning to the fold in 2017. His best days were behind him at that stage, which is a shame as in his pomp he was a damn good footballer. Played a big role for Tempo down the years.

8 Aidan Breen: 2-64 (70 points)

A SOMEWHAT underrated player, the hard-working half-forward regularly chips in with a point or two. Had to be content with a substitute role against Monaghan in the championship this year, but came on and kicked a couple of points which is almost par for the course with Breen. His robust runs and all-action style of play have posed plenty of problems for opponents down the years, and his commitment to the cause is also deserving of mention.

9 Daniel Kille: 2-58 (64 points)

DANIEL’S finest moment was when Lisnaskea won the All-Ireland Intermediate title in 2011, kicking the point that sent the game into extra-time. He’s still playing for his club albeit he’s been hampered by a long-standing hip problem. He had a fairly short-lived career with Fermanagh, but had an impressive scoring rate all the same. He was also a panel member when the Erne county reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2015.

10 Barry Mulrone:
0-61 (61 points)

A HUGELY important player on his day, Mulrone’s presence on this list is particularly impressive when you consider he was normally named in defence. He was a regular starter for much of the last half-decade, though he hasn’t lined out in county colours since 2019. Unfortunately, he recently sustained an ACL injury while playing for his club Devenish.

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