SPORT — 18 June 2014

By Damian Dolan.

London will need no greater motivation when they run out at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, on Saturday than the desire to wipe out the memory of their 19-point defeat to Galway, says captain Lorcan Mulvey.

There is no disgrace in exiting the Connacht championship at the hands of a very impressive Galway outfit, but the manner of London’s defeat stung. It was a tame exit and London have been anything but a soft touch in the championship under Paul Coggins over the past four years.

Five points down inside the opening three minutes against the Tribesmen, the Exiles were never allowed to get a foot in the game. It was a thoroughly professional job by Galway, but London know they never showed their true capabilities.

“It’s the main source of motivation for myself,” said Mulvey “It was the way we were beaten against Galway. We didn’t give up but it was a far greater scoreline than we ever imagined.

“The start was the real killer for us. We’d aimed to close them down and keep it tight for the first 10-12 minutes, keep ourselves in the game and go from there. But they were 1-2 up in the first few minutes and you’re fighting an uphill battle straight away.

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