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Flying Ferncombe earns share of spoils

Waterford and London played out a disappointing draw in front of a low attendance at Fraher Field as Mark Ferncombe kicked his sixth point in the closing minutes to leave honours even.

Waterford surged into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead after 25 minutes but in what epitomised the nip-and-tuck pattern of the match, London hit back.

The Exiles began the second half well but Waterford responded through Ferncombe and Sean Fleming to regain the lead. Points from Kevin O'Leary and Sean Kelly put the Exiles back in the lead entering the final quarter, but the accurate Ferncombe had the last word.

Man of the Match: Mark Ferncombe (Waterford)

Scorers -- Waterford: M Ferncombe 0-6 (3f), JJ Hutchinson, S O'Hare ('45), S Fleming 0-1 each,

London: L Colfer 0-3, K O'Leary 0-2, S Kelly, S McVeigh, L Mulvey, P McGoldrick (f) 0-1 each.

Waterford -- K Cotter 6; A Doyle 7, M O'Gorman 7, K Connery 6; T Grey 6, E Walsh 6, J McGrath 5; S Dempsey 5, S O'Hare 6; C McGrath 6, L O Lionain 5, C O'Keeffe 6; M Ferncombe 8, S Fleming 6, JJ Hutchinson 6. Subs: W Hennessy 6 for J McGrath (h-t), J Veale 6 for O Lionain (52), P Hurney 6 for

O'Keeffe (56), G Nugent for Hutchinson (73).

London -- E Byrne 6; P Sherry 7, S McVeigh 7, D McGreevy 7; T Gaughan 6, S Mulligan 6, K O'Leary 7; P Finn 6, L Mulvey 8; C McCallion 6, S Doolan 6, G Crowley 5; P McGoldrick 7, M Gottsche 7, L Colfer 7.

Subs: S Hannon 6 for Crowley (45), S Kelly 6 for McCallion (47), A Moyles for Finn (60), J Scanlon for Gaughan (64), A Raftery for Doolan (68).

Ref -- K O'Brien (Tipperary)

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