Derry 1-13, London 0-10
By Larry Cooney.
London are still awaiting their first victory in this year’s league campaign after a six-point defeat by Derry at Celtic Park last Sunday afternoon.
But the final score did not reflect the balance of play and had the depleted visitors taken even a small percentage of some of the scores that got away then the Exiles could well have been celebrating a famous victory.
London also played the entire second half with fourteen players after wing back Stephen Frawley was dismissed on a straight red card just before half-time following a clash with Derry captain Ruairi Convery.
But it was also a day to forget for London goalkeeper John Grealish, who apart from spurning a goal-scoring opportunity from a 31st minute penalty just before Frawley’s dismissal, also allowed a dropping ball from a long range Ruari Convery free to slip through his fingers in the 58th minute for the only and decisive goal of an entertaining contest.
London played with the benefit of the wind and driving rain in the opening half as they defended the Brandywell end of Celtic Park. But it was the hosts who made the better start with midfielder Oisin McCloskey got them off the mark in their opening attack with a point.
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