Sloane steers London into decider
Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00
LONDON, beaten finalists in 2009 and last year, will have the opportunity to make amends after demolishing Fingal in Ruislip on Saturday.
London capitalised on the advantage of a strong breeze to effectively end the game as a contest by half-time. The hosts went in at the break with a 1-22 to 0-2 lead, with the goal coming from Corkman Pat Sloane.
Despite having the wind at their backs in the second half, a deflated Fingal side were unable to reduce the deficit. They did hit the net in the 68th minute when Aodhan McInerney scored from a 21-yard free but it was much too little, too late.
Scorers -- London: M Finn 0-9 (6f, 2 '65s'), P Sloane 1-4, R O'Connell, N Forde 0-3 each, S Ryan, H Vaughan 0-2 each, M Walsh, G Hill, K Bolger, K Falvey, S Richardson, J Maher 0-1 each. Fingal: A McInerney 1-0 (f), JM Sheridan (2f), N Ring 0-2 each, M Cussen 0-1.
LONDON -- A Ryan; T Hogan, B Costello, C Burke; M Walsh, C Forde, G Hill; E Cooney, K Bolger; R O'Connell, S Ryan, N Forde; P Sloane, M Finn, H Vaughan. Subs: J Maher for Vaughan (43), J Mulcahy for Sloane (43), S Richardson for Ryan (48), C Davis for Cooney (53), K Falvey for O'Connell (58).
FINGAL -- W Bourke; P Coyne, D Markey, M Cussen; D Keogh, D Vaughan, P Quinn; N Ring, R McGarry; A McInerney, P Daly, JM Sheridan; G Dillon, D Byrne, A Richardson. Subs: A Creane for Quinn (19), R Sheridan for Keogh (h-t), P McAllister for McGarry (h-t), B McCarthy for JM Sheridan (46), A Morris for Richardson (60).
REF -- T Ryan (Tipperary).