Monday 11 December 2017

Mulvey late show lifts London

London 0-14 Waterford 1-10

Lorcan Mulvey came to London's rescue after his two late points secured a deserved victory over Waterford at Ruislip.

Lorcan Mulvey came to London's rescue after his two late points secured a deserved victory over Waterford at Ruislip.

The better side for large spells, the Exiles looked to be on their way to another defeat when Waterford moved in front for the first time with three minutes remaining.

However, two stunning points at the death by substitute Mulvey sealed London's first success of the season. The pitch was a mudbath after overnight rain and London adapted better to the conditions, resulting in three unanswered points inside the opening 10 minutes.

With the two-man full-forward line of Mark Gottsche and Pádraig McGoldrick wreaking havoc, London extended their lead to five by the midway point of the first half. But they were then punished after switching off in defence.

A surging run from deep by Liam ó Lionáin cut the London rearguard open, and the wing-forward drew a number of defenders before teeing up the unmarked Robert Aherne, who punched home from close range.

London led by 0-8 to 1-3 at the interval, but Waterford came out fighting in the second half. Three points separated the sides with 10 minutes remaining, but the Déise looked to have snatched victory when they hit four points without reply, a Paul Whyte double putting them in front for the one and only time.

But London and Mulvey would have the final say, the Cavan native booming over two superb scores to seal a memorable win.

Scorers – London: C McGee, P McGoldrick (1f), L Mulvey 0-3 each, C McCallion, S Hannon, C Doyle, M Gottsche, L Colfer 0-1 each. Waterford: G Hurney 0-4 (1f), R Aherne 1-1, P Whyte 0-3 (1f), J Hurney, P Hurney 0-1 each.

London: G McEvoy; D McGreevy, K Lynam, S Curran; S Hannon, E McConville, D Ryan; C Doyle, G Crowley; E Finnegan, M Gottsche, C McCallion; C McGee, P McGoldrick, L Colfer. Subs: T Gaughan for Ryan (h-t), K O'Leary for Finnegan (43), L Mulvey for Colfer (52), A McTigue for McGoldrick (54), M Cahalane for McCallion (68).

Waterford: S Enright; C Phelan, S Prendergast, M O'Gorman; T Grey, S Briggs, J Hurney; S Aherne, T Prendergast; L ó Lionáin, P Whyte, P Hurney; D Guiry, R Aherne, G Hurney. Subs: S O'Hare for Prendergast (h-t),G Nugent for Guiry (49), A Doyle for Nugent (63), N Walsh for P Hurney (63).

Referee: B Rice (Down)

Irish Independent

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