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Ederney End 52-Year Wait For Fermanagh Football Title

Ederney End 52-Year Wait For Fermanagh Football Title

Ederney ended two long runs at Brewster Park on Sunday. The club won its first Fermanagh SFC title since 1968 and in doing so stopped Derrygonnelly's bid for a sixth consecutive title.

The victory, 2-8 to 1-6, was just Ederney's second ever title.

"We had our fair share of defeats in finasl and it finally came right today," 39-year-old midfielder Marty McGrath, a 2004 All-Star, told BBC Northern Ireland.

"I thought it would happen sooner.

"My father and his six brothers were playing in 1968. Thankfully, the photograph up at the house will not be them, it'll be us.

"I kept playing because I enjoyed the camaraderie, the spirit. I wanted my children to see me out playing football, to encourage them into it as well."

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Ederney captain Declan McCusker added that there was a good feeling among the group from the beginning of the year

"52 years is a long time," said McCusker.

"For most of the boys playing, it's been 10 or 12 years of hard work [with] setback after setback after setback. We just kept at it and kept at it.

"Ederney played in the county final in 2006 and from that day I thought, 'Sure I'll be playing in these nearly every year'. It was 12 years before I was in one again.

"From that day, it's been my absolute dream to win a county title with Ederney and the boys I grew up with, my brothers. Words can't describe how I feel at the minute.

"I wouldn't be a very emotional person - the wife would tell you that! You see men there, 40 and 50 years of age in the crowd... What this will do for our community is unbelievable, especially for the time that's in it."

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