London won their first championship match since 1977 when they beat a poor Fermanagh side easily by seven points in Ruislip this afternoon. The exiles played with the breeze in the opening half and in front of around 400 fans they took the lead through McGoldrick after 5 minutes. Two quick scores from O’Neill in the space of three minutes left London leading by 0-3 to 0-0 after just ten minutes. That lead increased to four on fifteen minutes when O’Leary pointed a fine score.
Fermanagh were very poor and the exiles could have been even further ahead if they had their shooting boots on. As it was, they went five clear after 25 minutes when Geraghty pointed. The visitors had yet to score and a shock result looked on the cards, even at that stage of proceedings. London hit an incredible sixteen wides in the first half and in truth, the contest should have been over by the interval. Just before the break, London added another brace of points and Tomas Corrigan finally registered a score for the Erne men. Eoin O’Neill scored the final point of the half to leave the home side nine points in front going in at half-time.
O’Flanagan got the opening score of the second period and it appeared as if Fermanagh may be capable of registering a comeback. However, O’ Neill hit back for the exiles before the visitors had their best period of the game. Maguire and O’Flanagan pointed to reduce the lead. London pointed in between but then O’Flanagan added two points to reduce the lead to five points. On 51 minutes McGoldrick added a valuable point for London to stem the tide.
Fermanagh scored two in a row just on the 60minute mark and suddenly it was a four point game. However, the exiles would not be denied on the day and John O’Flanagan added two scores to close out the match. O’Sullivan made it a seven point game on 68 minutes and despite a late point for Fermanagh, the day belonged to the exiles.