Experimental London polices Roscommon
By Sean Moriarty
With a place in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2B final already guaranteed, Eamonn Phelan and his back room team elected to field a largely experimental side for last Saturday’s clash with Roscommon at Ruislip.
There were 14 player or position changes from the county team’s last outing against Mayo the previous weekend. A quick glance at the match programme revealed names like PJ Rowe, Henry Vaughan and Luke Hands listed as substitutes.
Newcomers like Stephen Lambert, Martin Duggan and Gerry Hennelly, three players who have featured strongly during London’s league campaign, were also not on the starters list.
In a way, it shows the strength in numbers that Phelan and his two selectors Tom Quaid and Tom Simms have at their disposal.
The names on the sub bench would have had formidable opposition shaking in their boots had they started the game and the talent fielded on Saturday will cause concern in Leinster when championship business will be order of the day next month.
This was the proverbial game of two halves and while the Exiles romped to an early, and seemingly unassailable, lead in the opening half, their second half performance could best be described as average.
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