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Wednesday 21 March 2018

London show mettle to topple Mayo

London 3-13 Mayo 1-11

Christy Ring cup holders London were a step above Mayo in the physical stakes in this gripping encounter at MacHale Park, Castlebar.

Mayo found it very hard to break down a resolute London defence, managing just two scores from play over the 70 minutes.

Two first-half goals by Luke Hands and Martin Duggan – the second gifted by Mayo goalkeeper Donal O'Brien – gave London a solid half-time platform of 2-7 to 0-8.

Evan Regan and Kenny Feeney were keeping Mayo in touch, with all but one of their scores coming from frees, four from Regan.

A poor second half saw London add a third goal on 40 minutes from Tony Dunne to seal a hard-fought win. Feeney's long-range free that ended up in the net with 15 minutes left proved a mere consolation for Mayo.

Man of the match: G Hennelly (London).

SCORERS – London: G Hennelly 0-6 (4fs), T Dunne 1-3, M Dugan 1-1, L Hands 1-0, J Egan, G Hill, M Finn 0-1 each. Mayo: K Feeney 1-5 (0-4fs), E Regan 0-6 (5fs).

LONDON – J Grealish 7; PJ Rowe 6, D Healy 6, C McAlinden 7; T Dunne 8, D Maher 7, J Walsh 7; S Lambert 7, G Hill 6; G Hennelly 8, J Egan 7, H Vaughan 6; M Finn 6, M Duggan 6, L Hands 7. Subs: S Egan for Dunne (40), E Cooney for Lambert (60), D Barden for Finn (63), D Moore for Vaughan (67).

MAYO – D O'Brien 7; A Brennan 8, A Connolly 7, B Hunt 6; C Finn 5, P O'Flynn 7, D Horan 6; K Feeney 7, C Charlton 6; N O'Malley 6, L Cribbin 6, S Markham 6; S Hoban 6, S Regan 7, D McTigue 6. Subs: S Morley 6 for Finn (20), D Gallagher for Markham (53), D Kenny 6 for O'Malley (65), B Lane 5 for Horan (67).

REF – J Keane (Galway).

Irish Independent

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