Saturday 17 March 2018

Gottsche puts seal on Exiles' spirited comeback

London2-8 Wicklow0-12

London finished off their campaign on a winning note with this two-point victory in Baltinglass.

The Exiles were full value for their win, having looked the better team in the first and last third.

Key to their victory were two second-half goals. The first came after Lorcan Mulvey caught a long ball above Wicklow corner-back Paul Cunningham and fed Martin Carroll and the midfielder rattled the net.

Two minutes later, nifty corner-forward Alan O'Hara stuck the ball into the corner of the net.

London had started the game the better and had led by 0-4 to 0-2 after 20 minutes. Wicklow recovered well and went in leading 0-5 to 0-4.

The Garden County emerged sharper after the half-time break and pushed into a 0-10 to 0-6 lead, but London hung on in there and after they bagged the two goals, they battened down the hatches.

They sealed the deal when Mark Gottsche pointed a free in the 71st minute.

Wicklow had time to go in search of a goal, but Paul Goggins' men were having none of it.

Man of the match: Mark Gottsche (London)

Scorers - London: A O'Hara 1-3, M Carroll 1-0, S Conroy 0-2 (2fs), P McGoldrick, L Mulvey (f), M Gottsche (f) 0-1 each. Wicklow: J McGrath 0-6 (5fs), A McLoughlin, D Healy, P Cronin, T Kelly, D Hayden, M Mangan 0-1 each.

Wicklow -A Murphy 6; P Cunningham 5, A McLoughlin 6, B Kennedy 6; C Murphy 5, P McLoughlin 5, K Murphy 5; D Woods 5, D Healy 6; M Kenny 5, S Kelly 5, D Hayden 5; P Cronin 5, T Kelly 5, J McGrath 6. Subs: R O'Brien 5 for D Woods (30), P McWalter 5 for M Kenny (48), M Mangan 5 for K Murphy (55), P Byrne 5 for T Kelly (60), C French 5 for D Hayden (62).

London - D Traynor 6; P Butler 6, P Galvin 8, D McCreevy 7; C Carty 6, C Greene 7, D McCarthy 6; M Gottsche 8, M Carroll 7; S Conroy 7, B Collins 7, B Smith 7; A O'Hara 7, L Mulvey 8, P McGoldrick 7. Subs: S Finn 7 for S Conroy (33), P O'Shea 6 for P McGoldrick (46), B Kavanagh 6 for D Traynor (50), S Devine for P Butler (68).

Ref - G McCormack (Dublin).

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