Exiles can build on Carlow

By Damian Dolan.

The image of Enda Cooney, slumped over his hurley on the Ruislip turf, epitomised the Exiles’ heart-breaking draw with Carlow. His face told the full story; so near and yet so far for London’s hurlers.

The ensuing media coverage only served to highlight how close Cooney and his Exiles teammates had come to one of the county’s greatest results in decades. Those feelings still remain.

“We definitely should have had it…..we can’t let that happen again. We need to see out a game and that’s something we’re going to be working on,” said Cooney, now in his fourth year with the Exiles.

“They beat us in the championship last year and we were there in league until about 15-20 minutes to go, and they kind of pulled away. I think they were waiting for that again. Them getting the two goals early on, I think they thought they were going to cruise home.

“But there’s something about the team this year that has a bit more fight in it. The way we played was great; it was just such a pity that we couldn’t grind it out.”

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



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