Footballers get first win on the board

Footballers get first win on the board

Three unanswered points in the final couple of minutes earned London footballers their first league win of this campaign against Waterford.

A last gasp point from Cathal Og Greene means that Ciaran Deely’s charges now have two points on the board, with their final game against Wicklow coming up on Sunday.

London proved themselves as Waterford’s ‘bogey team’ as it was the fifth occasion in a row that the Deise failed to register a win against the Exiles, even though they beat Carlow earlier in the league.

The two teams are now level on points at the bottom of Division 4, with Wicklow sitting on four points, having recorded two wins this season.

The game got off to a flying start as the visitors, playing with the benefit of the wind in the first half, recorded two points in as many minutes.

Gavin Crotty responded immediately for the hosts on three minutes to bridge the gap to just one point before London edged in front by two once more.

A JJ Hutchinson free and point from play levelled the score on nine minutes, before the boot of the talisman gave them a brisk 0-5 to 0-4 lead on 17 minutes.

Footballers get first win on the board

London managed three points on the bounce then to reclaim the lead by the 26th minute, and after Conor Prunty’s point a minute later the two teams exchanged further points to give London a 0-8 to 0-7 lead at the break.

Waterford would come out fighting, relishing the benefit of the breeze in the second half, and equalised soon after the whistle with another Hutchinson free.

He would go on to score another three points, sandwiched between a Gavin Crotty score meant that the hosts were 0-12 to 0-10 points up with just three minutes remaining. They looked sure to see out the match to earn their second league win, but the visitors pushed on and produced an incredible close to the match to register three points to snatch the tie from Waterford’s grasp.

Cathal Og Greene got the final score in the dying seconds of the game, to give London their fourth league win since 2013. They now welcome Wicklow to Ruislip on Sunday, and after tightening up their defence will look to push on to rival the Garden County for a mid-table finish.

Deely’s earlier call for more consistency is being answered, with the team conceding just two goals in their past three games, having let in 10 goals in their opening three matches.

The last time London finished with four points was in 2011, but that was due to earning two points after Leitrim gave a walkover at Ruislip.

You have to go through the history books as far back as 2009 to find the next most recent time they managed to finish with four points.

Wicklow lost to Antrim, who sit top of the table in Division 4, by 1-12 to 2-13 loss at the weekend. London’s last league win came against Wicklow last year.

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