Ciaran Deely said he was proud of his players and their performance, after he felt that they made life difficult for an elite Mayo team at times on Sunday, even though he rued a few missed opportunities to make the scoreline closer.
“We’re never happy with a defeat, and we would have loved to have got into double digits at the end with the chances that we had. There is a lot to work on obviously over the next few weeks, but we feel like this is a good platform to work from.
“But five years ago (when London pushed Mayo to extra time) that team were building, and now they have been in All Ireland finals and won Connacht championships. This is a serious, serious team.
“And what was great that is that at times we made them look, not-so amazing. Not average, of course, but we made it difficult for them and we take great heart from that.
“There were a couple of scenarios in that game that could have made it closer.
“Mayo have been on the road since before Christmas, so for us to match them for fitness I have to give credit to my sport scientist Ross Bennett. I worked with him at QPR and we’ve really taken the minimalist approach, we’re not beasting the lads, not killing them in the gym or on the pitch, we’re doing smart training with sports science support and I think it showed well today.
“It’s very difficult for London to get over the line and get a win over these teams. Mayo arrived with a team of 50 players and staff and we just don’t have those resources.
“Over the past few weeks we haven’t had Ruislip to train on, or had the goalposts to practice shooting, so have just focussed on the players, and putting in a performance. We’ve done a lot of tactical information and the lads really engaged with that and took it on board.
“This London team is very much at the start of its development, and they’ll learn from this experience and will move on and improve.
“If you look at players like Adrian Moyles, Dave McGreevy, Mark Gottsche, Scott Conroy, PP O’Hara, they are fantastic, experienced players and performed very well on the big day, and we’re very happy with that aspect.
“But then you look at Ciaran Healy coming on for his debut at the age of 18, London-born to a Mayo family, and he equipped himself perfectly well against some of the top, top players in Ireland.
“I’ve said before I feel that Liam Gavaghan is the future of London football. He’s a fantastic player and can really mix it with anyone, the best of what Mayo had playing midfield. He’s not the tallest guy but I’m yet to see him outplayed or outmuscled in midfield.”
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London will face the qualifiers in their championship campaign this season, as they were turned over by 13 points by 2015 All Ireland semi-finalists Mayo.