McMahon steers London to rare victory
London 1-16 Wicklow 0-10
London are well placed to win more than one league game in a campaign for the first time since 2011, following an impressive victory over Wicklow.
The Exiles have had to settle for a solitary scalp in each of their last six league campaigns, but with all of their fixtures at home this year, Ciaran Deely's men will fancy their chances of ending that sequence.
The Exiles made full use of the wind in the first half to build a 1-10 to 0-5 lead, with standout performances all over the pitch, especially from former Monaghan U-21 star Fearghal McMahon.
It was in the second quarter that they pulled away, culminating in the only goal of the game from Liam Gavaghan.
London's captain took a ball from Ryan Elliott at pace before rounding Mark Jackson in the Wicklow goal, and squeezing his shot inside the post.
Wicklow manager John Evans had seen enough, immediately introducing David Boothman and Theo Smyth in an attempt to limit the damage before the break. It was too late.
Wicklow came out firing for the second half but London never looked like surrendering their lead, and Wicklow's task became nigh-on-impossible when they lost Eamonn Wolfe to a straight red card.
Scorers - London: L Gavaghan 1-7 (0-4fs), R Elliott, F McMahon 0-3 each, M Gottsche (f), A Moyles (f), T Waters 0-1 each. Wicklow: S Furlong 0-4 (4fs), G Murphy 0-2 (2fs), M Jackson (f), R Finn, D Keane, C Byrne 0-1 each.
London - G McEvoy 6; P Butler 8, R Jones 6, P Begley 7; C Dunne 6, S McManus 6, A Moyles 7; A McDermott 7, J Moran 8; M Mangan 8, L Gavaghan 8, T Waters 7; R Elliott 8, M Gottsche 7, F McMahon 8. Subs: D Carrabine 6 for Dunne (44), M Carroll 6 for S McManus (55), M Walsh 6 for P Begley (57), C O'Neill 6 for R Jones (61), C Doran 6 for F McMahon (62), E Murray (on too late for rating) for A Moyles (64).
Wicklow - M Jackson 6; C Hyland 6, J Snell 6, P Merrigan 6; P Burke 6, D Healy 7, R O'Brien 6; R Finn 7, K Murphy 6; P O'Toole 6, J Stafford 7, D Hayden 6; G Murphy 6, S Furlong 7, D Keane 6. Subs: D Boothman 6 & T Smyth 7 for P O'Toole & P Burke (both 29), C Byrne 6 for D Keane (half-time), S Kearon 6 for K Murphy (47), E Wolfe 6 for G Murphy (53), E Murtagh (on too late for rating) for R O'Brien (67).
REF - A Kissane (Waterford).
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