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Kildare leave it late to conquer Exiles

Christy Ring Cup: Kildare 2-19 London 2-16

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Kildare's Jack Sheridan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Kildare's Jack Sheridan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Kildare's Jack Sheridan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

A late Jack Sheridan strike helped 14-man Kildare avoid the relegation play-off at the expense of London in Ruislip.

Sheridan and Martin Fitzgerald had earlier been thwarted by stunning second half saves from London's Padraig Buckley. But Buckley could do nothing about Sheridan's near-post drive with four minutes remaining.

London will be kicking themselves after Stephen Lohan's first-half green flag following Diarmuid Cahill's dismissal had put the Exiles in the box seat.

"It was hard going down to 14 men after nine minutes in a place like this," said Sheridan.

"Instead of reacting against it we reacted with it. We turned into one instead of 15 on the pitch."

Scorers - Kildare: J Sheridan 2-6, J Burke 0-4 (1'65, 1f), B Byrne 0-3 (1f), K Whelan 0-2, J Travers, M Fitzgerald, M Delaney, B Cormack 0-1 each. London: S Lohan 1-2, B McCarry 1-0, A Sheehan 0-7 (3f), M O'Dwyer 0-4, F Collins 0-2, S Lawless 0-1.

Kildare - P McKenna; D Cahill, J Doran, R Boran; N O'Muineachain, R Kelly, A Kelly, J Travers, P Divilly, K Whelan, B Byrne, J Burke, M Fitzgerald, M Delaney, J Sheridan. Subs: C Gordon for A Kelly (53), C Dowling for M Delaney (59) B Cormack for J Travers (62).

London - P Buckley; C McAlinden, P Muldoon, F Collins; J Kennedy, K Reid, L Murphy; K Burke, C Nelson; S Lawless, M O'Dwyer, S Lohan, D Nolan, B McCarry , A Sheehan. Subs: C McSweeney for K Reid (30), S Conlon for D Nolan (34), O Royston for C McSweeney (62).

Ref - N Wall (Cork)

Royals made to battle to the end

Meath 0-23 Roscommon 0-19

Meath manager Nick Fitzgerald was satisfied to finally see his side receive a test as the Royals were made to battle all the way by a resilient Roscommon outfit at Athleague.

Meath manager Nick Fitzgerald was satisfied to finally see his side receive a test as the Royals were made to battle all the way by a resilient Roscommon outfit at Athleague.

Both sides were already assured of their place in the semi-finals, but Meath confirmed top spot in the group, thanks to Jack Regan's lucrative 12-point haul.

"Coming down here and winning by 10 or 12 points wouldn't have been much good to us. We're really happy to get that test. It showed us that we can go into a battle and grind it out," Fitzgerald said.

"We made one or two changes, and we probably should have got one or two more scores earlier in the second half as a result of those."

SCORERS - Meath: J Regan 0-12 (8f), B Slevin 0-6 (1f), D Healy 0-2, C O'Sullivan, N Potterton, C McCabe 0-1 each. Roscommon: C Dolan 0-7 (6f, 1 '45), P Kelly 0-4, E Flanagan (2f), C Egan 0-2 each, P Kellehan, E Kenny, C Mulry, N Connaughton 0-1 each.

MEATH - S McGann; G Murphy, D Kelly, S Whitty; S Brennan, K Keoghan, J Kelly; S Geraghty, C McCabe; D Healy, B Slevin, J Regan; C O'Sullivan, G McGowan, A Douglas. Subs: N Potterton for McGowan (h/t), J Toher for O'Sullivan (39), C Ó Méalóid for Douglas (58), S Morris for Murphy (63), J McGowan for Toher (66).

ROSCOMMON - N Fallon; C Coyle, P Nolan, A Moore; S Curley, E Flanagan, H Rooney; D Heavey, S Curley; P Kellehan, N Connaughton, P Kelly; C Mulry, C Egan, C Dolan. Subs: G Keenan for Heavey (29), E Kenny for Keenan (56), G Egan for Moore (61).

REF - J Connors (Donegal).

Derry progress despite losing

Wicklow 1-16 Derry 0-16

Derry progressed to a Christy Ring semi-final meeting with Meath despite a three point loss to Wicklow at Owenbeg. The Oakleafers, notching up their first loss in the competition, qualified on point difference at the expense of their victors.

In a nervy, error-strewn first half, the visitors impressed most and led 0-9 to 0-6 at half time with top scorer Enda Donoghue impressing.

The Garden County extended their lead to 0-13 to 0-8 before Derry nailed five of the next six scores to trail by one.

O'Brien and Donohue hit the last points of the game to secure victory for Wicklow, but this was Derry's day.

Scorers - Wicklow: E Donohue 1-7 (7f), A O'Brien 0-4, G Hughes 0-2, E Kearns, D Staunton, M Boland 0-1 each.Derry: R Mullan 0-7 (5f), S McGuigan 0-3, G Bradley 0-2, T McHugh, C O'Doherty, M McGuigan, L Hinphey 0-1 each.

Wicklow: C McNally, P Keane, B Cuddihy, M O'Brien, G Byrne, S Kelly, E Kearns, J Henderson, J Doyle, E Donohue, D Staunton, M Boland, C Moorehouse, A O'Brien, G Hughes. Subs: J O'Neill for C Moorehouse (43), E McCormack for J Doyle (53), Luke Evans for G Hughes (65), R Keddy for E Donohue (70)

Derry: S Kelly, P Kelly, S Cassidy, D McCloskey, L Og Hinphey, M McGrath, C Kelly, M McGuigan, B Og McGilligan, P Cleary, R Mullan, G Bradley, M Craig, S McGuigan, C O'Doherty. Subs: J Mullan for P Cleary (10), T McHugh for M Craig (45), A Grant for C O'Doherty (63), T Brady for B McGilligan (65), D Cartin for G Bradley (68)

Ref - T Gleeson (Dublin)

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