SPORT — 26 February 2014

Carlow 2-12, London 0-08

By Larry Cooney.

London suffered their first league defeat in this campaign against Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park last Sunday afternoon. But the hosts’ ten-point margin of victory did not do justice to the Exiles’ spirited effort which came only a week after they came so close to victory over Westmeath in Ruislip.

And while a Carlow team, devoid of the history-making Mount Leinster Rangers players, were still good value for their victory especially in the second half, their strong finish was mainly attributed to a tiring London team.

But the Exiles have little time to reflect on their latest set-back as they prepare to take on Derry in Owenbeg, near Dungiven this Sunday afternoon.

Carlow had first use of a cross-wind which as the balance of play proved was of little or no significant advantage to either team.

But it was the visitors playing into the Dublin Road end who settled well and were off the mark in the seventh minute when Stephen Lambert converted an excellent line-ball from thirty metres for the opening point.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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