HomeFootballDown ease to Tailteann Cup win over London

Down ease to Tailteann Cup win over London


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Tailteann Cup Group 4, round two

London 0-10 Down 1-24

A SOLID shooting display, led by Pat Havern, Daniel Guinness and Miceal Rooney, saw Down leave London with a comfortable win on Saturday.

Both teams had recorded big wins in their opening games last week, the Exiles stunning Offaly in Tullamore and all the pressure was on the visitors, who are favourites for the competition.

The home side started the brighter and were ahead in the third minute thanks to a Ciaran Diver score.

Down manager Conor Laverty saw his side respond in the way he would have hoped, Guinness scoring the first of his six from play, though Shay Rafter quickly put London back in front.

The Mournemen then found their shooting boots to reel off the next four scores, with Havern scoring from a free and from play, Guinness firing over again and Miceal Rooney, who ended with five, also splitting the posts

Diver and Ruari Rafferty reduced that lead to one, but Havern, Danny Magill and Gareth McKibben raised white flags before Diver provided the final score of the half to leave Down 0-8 to 0-5 up.

Down produced a strong third-quarter to seal the match with Havern, Guinness, and Ryan Magill keeping the scoreboard ticking over before Odhran Murdock dispatched a penalty to put them 11 points clear.

The home side could only register five scores in the second half, three of them from the London-born trio of Rafter, Josh Obahor, and substitute Tighe Barry.

Guinness, Murdock, Rooney and substitute Conor McCrickard all got on the scoresheet again as Down eased home in the end.

London A Walsh; E Walsh, C Healy, C McKeon; O Kerr, L Gallagher, A McLoughlin; M Carroll, J Obahor (0-1); S Dornan, D Clarke, C Diver (0-5, 0-3f); R Rafferty (0-1), S Rafter (0-2 frees), F Eastwood

Subs N McElwaine for F Eastwood (12′), DJ O’Flaherty for Michael Carroll (22′), J McGill for D Clarke (52′), T Barry (0-1) for L Gallagher (59′), M Miller for A McLoughlin (59′)

Down J O’Hare; P Fegan, R McEvoy (0-1), P McCarthy; R Magill (0-1), P Laverty, S Johnston; D Guinness (0-6), O Murdock (1-1); M Rooney (0-5), S Annett, J McGovern; J Guinness, P Havern (0-6, 0-3 frees), G McKibben (0-1)

Subs D McGill (0-2) for S Arnett (30′), O Savage for G McKibben (H/T), E Brown for J Guinness (53′), C McCrickard (0-1) for S Johnston (55′), J Flynn for P Havern (64′)

Referee B Tiernan (Dublin)

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