Clare 2-14, London 1-08
By Damian Dolan.
In the end it was all just a bit too easy for Clare. At half-time and leading by seven, having had first use of a strong wind, Clare manager Colm Collins must have been bracing himself and his charges for a second half London onslaught.
It never materialised. Try as they might the Exiles just could not put their visitors under anywhere near as much pressure as they would have liked, or as they’ll feel they should. The damage, however, had been done much earlier and it was largely self-inflicted – the Exiles gifting Clare two early goals.
From that moment on they were playing catch up, and Clare had the nous to keep the scoreboard ticking over, while comfortably soaking up the best that London could muster.
Exiles boss Paul Coggins cut a frustrated figure on the sideline and to compound matters was forced to watch his captain and talisman Lorcan Mulvey limp from the fray just six minutes into the second half after suffering what appeared to be a reoccurrence of a groin injury. London will sweat on his available for the visit of Tipperary to Ruislip next Sunday.
What was blatantly obvious from the events of last Sunday was that this London team are desperately in need of game time.
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