London 2-14, Gloucestershire 1-05
By Damian Dolan.
A strong second half performance propelled London into Round 3 of this year’s All Britain championship and set up meeting with Hertfordshire next Sunday at Ruislip, when the prize will be a semi-final place.
Kevin Kelly and Aidan Thompson’s side bounced back from their opening round defeat to Lancashire thanks to the finishing power of Eamonn McGonigley and Mark Kelly. This was a far more even contest than the final scoreline might suggest, but Gloucestershire didn’t and a lot of their excellent first half work went to waste.
London stamped their authority on the game after the break, as the visitors to Ruislip wilted slightly, and goals from McGonigley and Kelly ensured safe passage into the next round.
Under the watchful eye of senior county manager Paul Coggins, London gave a run out to senior panellists Graham Power and Philip Butler, and both came through unscathed.
London opened up a three point cushion after just seven minutes, but Gloucestershire were always dangerous and when a high ball into the London square broke to JJ Miskella, Peter Downey cleared off the line.
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