SPORT — 04 March 2014

Tipperary 1-19, London 1-07

By Damian Dolan.

There was more disappointment for London at Ruislip on Sunday. Seven days after Clare handed out a nine-point defeat, Tipperary arrived to dish out a 12-point beating.

It was another frustrating loss for Paul Coggins’ side. Frustrating because man-for-man the Exiles are far better than their last two outings might suggest. As Coggins observed, this London team is very much a “work in progress” and it’s hard to disagree with that assessment.

On Sunday, Tipperary were simply far too clinical. The chances that came their way they took, while London were just too wasteful. Coggins knows his team can play better than their last performances against Clare and Tipperary, but that must only add to the frustration.

With captain Lorcan Mulvey, Cathal Og Greene and Damien Dunleavy already watching from the sideline, Coggins’ woes were compounded by a first half ankle injury to forward Eoin O’Neill.

Caught cold from the throw in, the Exiles needed the agility and alertness of Declan Traynor to prevent Michael Quinlivan from raising the green flag after just 16 seconds. The London goalkeeper getting a left boot to Quinlivan’s low shot after Tipp had carved through the Exiles.

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

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