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Although they won their concluding league game, wrapping up an impressive campaign, the reaction of London hurlers was one of disappointment as they failed to make the division final

London beat Antrim by two points at Ruislip in an end-to-end match, but Carlow’s late comeback against the previously unbeaten Westmeath ultimately granted them a place in the Division 2A final.

London’s hurlers have gone from strength to strength as the season progressed this year, following up their opening loss to Westmeath with an emphatic 5-16 to 1-11 victory over Carlow.

They went on to win a further two matches, and record a draw against Kildare.

Comeback As the teams went in at half-time, Westmeath actually led Carlow by four points as London held an identical lead at Ruislip and it looked as if a final place was in their grasp.

But as the games drew to a close, news of a Carlow comeback flooded the sidelines, and London’s eventual victory was bittersweet as the final whistle blew.

There was a sense of disappointment from the management team afterwards, with selector Mick O’Dwyer citing dropping points early on in the campaign.

“We have to take responsibility. It wasn’t up to Westmeath for us to qualify and we have to look at the point we dropped against Kildare too.”

Manager Fergus McMahon was equally frustrated but commended the team, after losing many players from last season.

“Seven points from ten is good going and we will regroup now and prepare for our opening match away to Down in the Christy Ring cup and hopefully get a good run there. They’ve shown their capable of that now.

“Of course we are disappointed, but we’ve played well and we’ll go on and try to build on that in the championship.”

Full match report to come tomorrow.

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