Sloane stakes claim for London recall

By Damian Dolan

GAA London Collins Cup

St Gabriels       4-21

Sean Treacys    0-16

Pat Sloane gave Eamonn Phelan a selection headache at Ruislip on Sunday, just three weeks before London’s Leinster Championship clash with Carlow on May 19.

A broken collarbone – ironically sustained during a challenge match against London in January – ruled Sloane out of Gabriels’ All Ireland semi-final and final, as well as the Exiles’ entire Division 2B winning campaign.

A championship meeting with Carlow at Dr Cullen Park may be a million miles from running riot against an outgunned Treacys team at Ruislip, but Sloane proved both his fitness and form on Sunday.

Starting his first competitive match since the injury, Sloane racked up 0-8 (2f) in a sparkling display and got through the full 60 minutes, and all under the watchful eye of Phelan. Sloane is now waiting, and hoping, for the phone to ring, and for it to be Phelan on the other end of the line.

“It [the injury] was a disaster and now I’m hungry for hurling,” said Sloane. “It’s good to be back; I couldn’t wait to get back. I missed out with Gabriels and I missed out withLondon– I was gutted to be honest.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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