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London bested by Royals

 

Some of the talking points from the London hurlers’ 2-8 to 0-7 loss to Meath.

THE MAIN CONCERN

Plenty to choose from, but scoring just two points from play in 70 minutes of hurling is astonishing, especially considering that one of them – Enda Cooney’s first-half effort – actually drifted wide. On Sunday, the London footballers could blame the conditions for their below par display, but that wasn’t an issue for the hurlers 24 hours earlier. London finished the game with a wides tally of 12.

THE PITCH

The surface at Ruislip is a nightmare for hurling. While the players must take responsibility for Saturday’s poor display, it’s also extremely difficult for them to produce the goods on that pitch. The levelling and draining of the pitch – phase one of the County Board’s redevelopment plan for Ruislip – must be completed before next year’s National League begins.

MEATH ON MAY 5

The next time Meath and London meet will be in the Christy Ring Cup first round in Navan on May 5. Although Saturday’s win should give Meath a psychological boost ahead of that game, London won’t be daunted by what they saw from the Royals. If Eamonn Phelan can get his players playing to their potential and as a team, winning away to Meath is very achievable.

BEST FOR LONDON

Mick Walsh and the ever-dependable Gary Hill. As usual, Walsh didn’t put a foot wrong but one wonders whether the former Cork player would be better utilised further out the field instead of at corner-back. Hill is impressively consistent and turned in an error-free performance in the half-back line.

NEXT UP

Another tough test against Kildare at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on Sunday (12.45pm). Kildare began their campaign by securing a two-point win away to Meath and are favourites to top Division 2B. The Lilywhites were 2-16 to 1-15 winners in the corresponding fixture last year.

*For full coverage of London v Meath, see this week’s print edition of the Irish Post.

 

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