London take second chance

London's Mark O'Dwyer keeps his eyes firmly fixed on the ball as he sells Kildare Dinny Stapleton a dummy. Picture: Sean Brilly
London’s Mark O’Dwyer keeps his eyes firmly fixed on the ball as he sells Kildare Dinny Stapleton a dummy. Picture: Sean Brilly

With thanks to Ian Baker at Newbridge

The London hurlers took a second chance to emerge victorious in their Christy Ring opening tie with Kildare. Fergus McMahon’s team had looked set for victory when they hosted Kildare at Ruislip only for a late goal to force extra-time. Having fallen behind in the added time, it was a late Luke Hands strike that forced a replay in Newbridge on Saturday. This time, London made sure of a good 3-16 to 0-19 victory.

The London hurlers were ‘sickened’ when they allowed Kildare to force a draw in the first round of the Christy Ring Cup in Ruislip two weeks ago. But according to first-term London manager, Fergus McMahon, winning the replay in decisive fashion in St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, last Saturday (9th May) was exactly what the doctor ordered.

London will now face Derry in the next stage of the competition this Saturday. Derry defeated an understrength London by one point when they met in the league.

Elsewhere, Lancashire and Warwickshire both fell to defeat in the Lory Meagher Cup at Pairc na hEireann on Saturday with Fermanagh proving too strong for Lancashire and a 14 man Leitrim too much for Warwickshire to handle.

See this week’s Irish World for full reports on all these games. 

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