Monday 19 March 2018

Waterford gain revenge

Waterford 1-16
London 0-8

Fourteen-man Waterford atoned for their shock defeat at Ruislip last year with an emphatic victory over the Exiles at Fraher Field.

London dominated the early exchanges, going 0-4 to 0-1 in the lead by the 16th minute. However, in the final 20 minutes of the opening half, John Owens' side took control to lead 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to a hat-trick of points from Michael Donnelly, a brace from Brian Wall, a Conor McGrath point and a Robert Ahearne goal.

Despite struggling for much of the opening half and playing with only 14 men following the dismissal of Mick Ahearne for two yellow-card offences, Waterford proved too strong.

A late surge by London in which they hit four points, all from Killian Phair, in an eight-minute spell were mere consolation scores as Conor McGrath (3), Liam Ó Lonáin, Robert Ahearne and Michael Donnelly with two apiece and Tommy Prendergast all hit points for the home side who ran out comfortable winners.

Scorers -- Waterford: M Donnelly 0-5 (2f), R Ahearne 1-2, C McGrath 0-4, B Wall (1f), L Ó Lonáin 0-2 each, T Prendergast 0-1. London: K Phair 0-6 (4f), D Horan, P Whelan 0-1 each.

Waterford -- T Wall; J Walsh, T O'Gorman, M O'Gorman; T Grey, S Briggs, C Phelan; M Ahearne, E Walsh; T Prendergast, C McGrath, B Wall; M Donnelly, R Ahearne, C O'Keeffe. Subs: L Ó Lonáin for O'Keeffe (h-t), D Hickey for Briggs, J Phelan for J Walsh, JJ Hutchinson for Wall (all 52); P Lynch for E Walsh (70).

London -- E Byrne; D Egan, B Comer, E Ó Cuiv; J Hughes, C Beirne, K O'Leary; P Geraghty, D Horan; O Coffey, C McAllion, P Whelan; E Gallagher, A Fitzgerald, K Phair. Subs: C Donnellan for Gallagher (h-t), R Ormsby for Whelan (46), N Egan for Coffey, J Cott for K O'Leary.

Ref -- D O'Mahony (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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