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Durnin goal sinks London

Meath 4-8 London 3-10

Meath staged a real smash-and-grab raid as they saw off London at Pairc Tailteann where second-half substitute Peter Durnin blasted the sliotar to the net in the third minute of injury-time for a sensational win.

London called the shots during the opening quarter as they established a 1-4 to 0-1 advantage with points from James Egan (two), Mick Walsh and Pat Sloane, while all Meath could muster was a Sean Heavey point.

London's first goalscorer was Jonathan Maher as the Exiles took a firm grip with goals from Martin Finn and Kevin Walsh and points by Enda Cooney, Henry Vaughan and Finn for a 3-8 to 0-6 interval advantage.

Meath managed a brace of points apiece from Stephen Clynch and Noel Kirby, but the Royals resumed the second half smartly with a Clynch goal.

By the three-quarter stage Meath were right back in the hunt after Heavey found the net and cut the deficit to five points (2-8 to 3-10).

Meath continued to press and under-pressure London lost full-back Brian Costello to a second yellow card.

Clynch found the net again to set up a tense finish with super-sub Durnin sending Meath into the winners' group next weekend with that late strike.

Man of the Match: Peter Durnin (Meath)

Scorers -- Meath: S Clynch 2-2, P Durnin 1-1, S Heavey 1-2, N Kirby 0-3 (2f). London: M Finn 1-2, J Maher 1-0, K Walsh 1-0, J Egan 0-3, C Quinn, E Cooney, P Sloane, M Walsh, H Vaughan 0-1 each.

Meath -- S McGann; C Reilly, E Fitzgerald, W Mahady; J Toher, P Fagan, S Morris; S Clynch, S Donoghue; S Heavey, N Kirby, C O Mealoid; K Keoghan, N Horan, J Kelly. Subs: D Healy for Horan (19), C Fitzsimons for Fagan (25), R Massey for Keoghan (32), M Burke for Donoghue (h-t), P Durnin for Kelly (h-t).

London -- T Williams; E Walsh, B Costello, G Fennelly; M Walsh, PJ Rowe, L Mackey; C Quinn, E Cooney; P Sloane, J Egan, H Vaughan; J Maher, M Finn, K Walsh. Subs: D Maher for Egan (53), G Hill for Walsh (60), T Hogan for Sloane (64), S Ryan for J Maher (68).

Ref - P Murphy (Carlow)

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