Saturday 16 December 2017

Breen sees off London



ARMAGH edged out London to claim victory thanks to an injury-time point from Paul Breen in this nip-and-tuck final.

An entertaining first half finished level at 2-7 each, after London came back from seven points down. Armagh's corner-forward Breen and Ryan Gaffney struck for goals.

But the Exiles came roaring back, scoring 2-2 without reply as first David Maher beat Joseph Burke by pulling on a loose ball in the area, then Tom Toomey fed skipper Martin Finn, who finished brilliantly. Maher then equalised with a point before the break.

Maher and Breen exchanged goals early in the second half, before Armagh went four points in front. They were pegged back and Finn levelled as the game went into injury-time, but Breen delivered the killer blow with a late point.

Scorers -- Armagh: P Breen 2-4 (0-2f), R Gaffney 1-2, P McCormack 0-3, J Corvan 0-2, C Carvill, B Breen, M Lennon, B Mallon 0-1 each. London: D Maher 2-2, M Finn 1-6 (0-4f), R O'Connell 0-3, M Mythen 0-2, A Fitzgerald 0-1.

Armagh: J Burke; B Mallon, P Gaffney, F McMullan; B McCormack, E McDonnell, N Curry; P McArdle, B Breen; R Gaffney, J Corvan, K McKernan; P McCormack, G Enright, P Breen. Subs: C Carvill for McArdle (26), M Lennon for McKiernan (63).

London: JJ Burke; C Burke, M Ryan, E Phelan; M Fitzsimons, C Forde, K Kennedy; N Forde, J Reddan; M Mythen, R O'Connell, A Fitzgerald; D Maher, M Finn, T Toomey. Subs: N Coady for Phelan (23), B Forde for C Burke (43), P Stevenson for Forde (54), F Tierney for Fitzsimons (60), K Walsh for Reddan (65)

Referee: D Magee (Down)

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