Wednesday 21 March 2018

On-fire Hennelly sinks Down

London 0-21 Down 2-8

Gerard Hennelly continued his superb scoring form as London got back to winning ways against Down.

The Galway native hit 12 points for the Exiles to bring his tally to 0-28 in three National League games.

Paul Braniff scored four of the visitors' six points in the opening quarter and the Mournemen increased their lead to six points on 21 minutes when Danny Toner shot past John Grealish.

London woke from their slumber and hit five points to cut their deficit to two at the interval, 1-7 to 0-8.

The hosts hit six points after the restart and, although Braniff cut the gap, two scores from Stephen Lambert extended London's lead to five with 13 minutes to remaining.

Down's Kevin McGarry scored a goal on 60 minutes, but London responded with five points to clinch victory.

James Egan picked up a second yellow, but London's victory was already secured.

Man of the match: G Hennelly (London)

Scorers – London: G Hennelly 0-12 (9f), J Egan, S Lambert 0-2 each, H Vaughan (f), D Healy, G Hill, M Finn, S Keane 0-1 each. Down: P Braniff 0-6 (4f, 1 '65'), D Toner 1-1, K McGarry 1-0, C O'Prey 0-1.

London –J Grealish 8; D Healy 7, B Costello 6, B Healy 6; P Lane 6, D Maher 7, J Walsh 7; S Lambert 8, G Hill 7; G Hennelly 9, J Egan 6, H Vaughan 7; T Dunne 6, M Finn 6, L Hands 6. Subs: M Duggan 6 for Dunne (53), S Keane 6 for Hands (65), K Bolger 6 for Lambert (70).

Down – S Keith 7; M Conlon 7, P Flynn 7, P Hughes 6; B Toner 6, C Coulter 7, F Conway 6; C O'Prey 7, P Braniff 8; S Nicholson 6, M Ennis 6, C Dorrian 5; P Sheehan 5, G Johnston 7, D Toner 6.

Subs: K McGarry for Sheehan (47), M Turley for Dorrian (50), A Savage for O'Prey (59).

REF – D Hughes (Carlow)

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