Saturday 18 November 2017

Exiles on main street with MacCarthy elevation

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LONDON look set to compete in the Liam MacCarthy Cup next year after their historic Christy Ring Cup success last Saturday.

Having captured the Nicky Rackard Cup just 12 months ago, the Exiles became the first county to win both competitions courtesy of a 4-18 to 1-17 victory over Wicklow at Croke Park.

The Exiles are most likely to join the Leinster championship should they opt to make the step up to the big time, although no arrangements have been put in place yet for their induction to the championship.

"We have spoken about it and I think we're all very keen to go into the Liam MacCarthy. Why not?" said London selector Tom Quaid.

"We may as well strike while the iron is hot and try to progress while the opportunity is there. The lads have worked hard for it so why not give them their shot if they want it? I don't see any reason why we shouldn't. Kerry probably wish they had gone up last year. The competition is fierce so it's not at all easy to get out of the Christy Ring."

London manager Eamonn Phelan is likely to request the backing of the county board to play in a pre-season competition like the Walsh Cup next year, similar to the county's footballers' inaugural participation in the FBD League back in January.

Irish Independent

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