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Sloane steers London into decider

LONDON, beaten finalists in 2009 and last year, will have the opportunity to make amends after demolishing Fingal in Ruislip on Saturday.

London capitalised on the advantage of a strong breeze to effectively end the game as a contest by half-time. The hosts went in at the break with a 1-22 to 0-2 lead, with the goal coming from Corkman Pat Sloane.

Despite having the wind at their backs in the second half, a deflated Fingal side were unable to reduce the deficit. They did hit the net in the 68th minute when Aodhan McInerney scored from a 21-yard free but it was much too little, too late.

Scorers -- London: M Finn 0-9 (6f, 2 '65s'), P Sloane 1-4, R O'Connell, N Forde 0-3 each, S Ryan, H Vaughan 0-2 each, M Walsh, G Hill, K Bolger, K Falvey, S Richardson, J Maher 0-1 each. Fingal: A McInerney 1-0 (f), JM Sheridan (2f), N Ring 0-2 each, M Cussen 0-1.

LONDON -- A Ryan; T Hogan, B Costello, C Burke; M Walsh, C Forde, G Hill; E Cooney, K Bolger; R O'Connell, S Ryan, N Forde; P Sloane, M Finn, H Vaughan. Subs: J Maher for Vaughan (43), J Mulcahy for Sloane (43), S Richardson for Ryan (48), C Davis for Cooney (53), K Falvey for O'Connell (58).

FINGAL -- W Bourke; P Coyne, D Markey, M Cussen; D Keogh, D Vaughan, P Quinn; N Ring, R McGarry; A McInerney, P Daly, JM Sheridan; G Dillon, D Byrne, A Richardson. Subs: A Creane for Quinn (19), R Sheridan for Keogh (h-t), P McAllister for McGarry (h-t), B McCarthy for JM Sheridan (46), A Morris for Richardson (60).

REF -- T Ryan (Tipperary).

Irish Independent