London 2-17, Carlow 2-17
By Damian Dolan.
London came within seconds of stunning Carlow at Ruislip on Sunday as Marty Kavanagh snatched a draw for the visitors in the dying seconds.
Even then London might have grabbed what would have gone down as one of the county’s greatest victories in decades, but Peter Phelan’s last-gasp effort drifted wide and Tommy Harrell and Matthew Fitzsimon were left to take the plaudits and reflect on what might have been.
And victory would not have flattered the Exiles. Carlow had ten points to spare over the Exiles in their previous two meetings in the last 12 months, but they encountered a hungry London side at Ruislip which shrugged off Marty Kavanagh’s two early first goals, the loss of the influential Stephen Lambert and three contentious decisions which resulted in a five-point swing in Carlow’s favour.
First use of a strong wind went to the home side but it was the visitors who settled the better, with Marty Kavanagh opening the scoring. But despite being second best around the middle of the park and Carlow looking a yard sharper, London hit back to lead thanks to Henry Vaughan and Lambert (free).
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