Mayo 5-11, London 0-10
By Damian Dolan.
So no fairytale ending to the fairytale story of the GAA summer – James Horan’s charges ruthlessly made sure of that at MacHale Park on Sunday.
In the end the pundits were proved right – the step up in class proved too great for the Exiles to bridge in just one mighty leap. Once bitten, twice shy, Mayo had no intention of allowing for a repeat of 2011, when they scrapped out of Ruislip by the skin of their teeth after extra-time, and they gave the Exiles a harsh lesson in life at the top table.
London were not without goal chances of their own, but where Mayo were accurate and decisive when presented with a sight of Declan Traynor’s goal, the clinicalness of Dr Hyde Park disserted the Exiles just when they needed it most.
Had they taken but one or two of those opportunities that came their way it may not have altered the final outcome, as James Horan’s side marched to a third Nester Cup in as many years, but it would have given the Exiles something tangible to take with them into next Saturday’s round 4 qualifier with Cavan.
As it is, London now face a tough six-day turnaround, and a fourth trip to Ireland in the space of five weeks, but remain just 70 minutes from an All Ireland quarter-final and that should be motivation enough to counteract any tired limbs and minds.
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