Sport Hurling

Saturday 25 March 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Martin Finn (London)

Kevin Canty goes close, despite only being on the pitch for 40 minutes, but some of Finn's free-taking in the first half was outstanding, while it was his two goals that enabled the Exiles to relax and eventually open up in the second half.

Turning point

Finn's second goal just before the break was a killer for Louth, who found themselves six points down, despite having thrown everything at London.

Talking point

Were London too good for the Nicky Rackard Cup? Maybe, but they had lost the last two finals and to promote them without gaining victory would have been wrong.

Ref watch

Michael Haverty had a good game, although he did blow for a few frees he could have let go.

What they said

Martin Finn (London)

"I had to think long and hard about coming back this year, but luckily I decided to give it one more year."

Paddy Kelly (Louth manager)

"The two goals before half-time were a killer because we were well in the match up to that."

Match statistics

Wides: London 11 (7); Louth 12 (9)

Frees: London 15 (7); Louth 21 (10)

Yellow cards: London 4 (M Finn 33, C Forde 35+2, R O'Connell 45, J Mulcahy 57); Louth 3 (M Wallace 9, S Callan 35+2, A Wallace 56)

Attendance: 3,612

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