Sheehan puts Wicklow to sword
London 2-28 Wicklow 2-14
London's hurlers are through to the Christy Ring Cup final after the Exiles scored a convincing 14-point win over Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday.
Inspired by left corner-forward Aaron Sheehan, London were never headed.
Sheehan, a Mallow native who plays his club hurling with Kilburn Gaels, was deadly accurate, hitting 13 points - amassed from play, frees and 65s.
Wicklow were thrown a lifeline on 32 minutes when right corner-forward George O'Brien's goal reduced the deficit to two points - 0-11 to 1-6.
But the Garden County never got any closer, trailing 0-15 to 1-8 at half-time.
Early in the second half Wicklow's Andy O'Brien saw his shot crash off the crossbar and with it went his side's chances.
London continued to pick off scores and a brace of Shane Lawless goals killed off the Wicklow challenge, with O'Brien's late goal merely a consolation.
Scorers - London: A Sheehan 0-13 (6fs, 2 65s); S Lawless 2-1; H Vaughan 0-3; M Dwyer, J Troy, M Duggan 0-2 each; C Burke, S Conlon, M Ivors, S Lohan, R Murphy 0-1 each. Wicklow: A O'Brien 1-5; (0-3fs, 0-1 65); G O'Brien 1-1; P Doyle 0-3; D Staunton 0-2; R Keddy, S Kelly, E Donoghue 0-1 each.
London - J Barrett 6; L Murphy 6, B Regan 6, D O'Regan 6; C McAlinden 7, K Reid 8, C Burke 7; F Collins 7, M Dwyer 7; H Vaughan 7, C Nelson 6, S Conlon 6; M Duggan, 6 S Lawless, A Sheehan 9. Subs: M Ivors for Lawless (56); D Moore for Reid (56); J Troy for Vaughan (58); S Lohan for Nelson (60); R Murphy for Conlon (69).
Wicklow - R Fitzgerald 6; P Keane 6, S Kelly 6, M O'Brien 6; G Byrne 7, E Kearns 6, W Kavanagh 6; R Keddy 6, P J Nolan 6; D Staunton 7, A Byrne 6, P Doyle 8; G O'Brien 7, A O'Brien 8, M Lee 6. Subs: E McCormack for G O'Brien (62); E Donoghue for Nolan (62).
Ref - J O'Brien (Laois).
Sheridan brace books Kildare final spot
Kildare 3-18 Derry 2-13
A powerful second half that included two Jack Sheridan goals proved enough for Kildare to proceed to the Christy Ring final at the expense of Derry.
Having featured for Derry footballers less than 24 hours earlier, Brendan Rogers showed little sign of fatigue as he cut open the Kildare defence and fired home the first goal of the game after just 30 seconds.
A Martin Fitzgerald goal 10 minutes later moved the Lilywhites ahead by three, but Se McGuigan hit Derry's second goal in the 23rd minute as the Oakleafers ended the first stanza on level terms, 2-6 to 1-9.
Sheridan's first goal in the 49th minute finally gave Kildare a little breathing space, and when the same player hit his second 10 minutes later the scoreboard read 3-16 to 2-12.
Martin Fitzgerald and Shane Ryan then registered late scores to see Kildare home.