Down too good for London in Christy Ring Cup quarter-final
DOWN 1-22 LONDON 1-13
Down are through to the semi-finals of the Christy Ring Cup after leading from start to finish against London in Ballycran today.
A strong wind advantage and Gareth 'Magic' Johnson's 13th minute goal saw them romp clear, with Brendan Gaffney's penalty just before the interval reducing Down's half-time lead to 1-14 to 1-4.
London defender Conor Hickey was sent off for two yellow cards with ten minutes remaining with the game long over as a contest.
Scorers for Down – G Johnson 1-9 (7f, 1 '65'), F Conway 0-3, C Woods 0-3 (3f), D Toner, S Dineen 0-2 each, J Coyle, M McCullough, D Hughes 0-1 each
Scorers for London – B Gaffney 1-0 (pen), P Phelan 0-3 (1f), T Healy, N Brophy 0-2 each, M Ryan, D Morkan, E Cooney, S Lambert, L Hands, M O'Dwyer 0-1 each
DOWN: S Keith; N Conlan, P Flynn, M Hughes; D McManus, C Woods, M McCullough; D Hughes, F Conway; M Ennis, D Toner, S Dineen; C Egan, G Johnson, J Coyle
Subs: P Sheehan for Egan (62), S Nicholson for Coyle (66), E Sands for Johnson (69)
LONDON: J Barrett; C Hickey, L Gaule, K Fitzpatrick; T Healy, M Ryan, D Morkan; E Cooney, N Rogers; P Phelan, N Brophy, S Lambert; L Hands, M O'Dwyer, B Gaffney
Subs: C McAllinden for Rogers (53), M Duggan for Gaffney (55), E Collins for Hands (61) M Fitzpatrick for Gaule (67)
REFEREE: Eamonn Hasson (Derry)