London blew away a disappointing Fingal challenge to advance to their second Nicky Rackard Final on a 1-29 to 1-5 score line at Ruislip this afternoon and they now advanced to meet Louth who won away at Monaghan 2-17 to 1-13.
Played in front of a crowd of less than 100, the exiles quickly set about dampening the hopes of the North Dubs and restricted the visitors to 2 points in the first half whilst helping themselves to an impressive 1-22 before the ref blew for the half time cuppa.
A restorative cuppa failed to do anything for the visitors who saw the Londoners knock over a further 7 points without reply. A rare foray into the home end brought some cheer with the Dubliner’s grabbing 3 points. It was possibly coldness from inertia that allowed Fingal to notch a goal two minutes from time as in fairness the home keeper had nothing to do throughout.
London lost last year’s final to Armagh and look favourites on this performance. This is the seventh year of this competition and Louth overcame Monaghan in the second semi today in Clones. The wee county winning 1-13 to 2-17. A tight enough affair sees Louth’s greater finishing take the tie.
Back in the UK, Birmingham welcomed the hurlers of Tyrone to Warwickshire in the Lory Meagher Cup Semi-Final. The Ulstermen lost out in the championship last weekend to Derry with a margin of 13 points separating the sides at the end.
This was a very close game but the Tyrone team emerged victorious, beating the midland exiles by 2-15 to 2-10 to advance to the final of this third tier competition.
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