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2024 Allianz Football League Division 4 – London 1-8 Tipperary 0-11

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

London and Tipperary finished level on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-11 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday February 18th at McGovern Park Ruislip.

London’s late late show secures first League point against Tipperary

Allianz FL Division 4: London 1-8 Tipperary 0-11.

Report by Darragh Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A dramatic equalising point in the eighth minute of added tie rescued a first Division 4 point for London, denting Tipperary’s promotion ambitions in the process.

The point for Tipp, who had to battle throughout, keeps the Premier in fourth position, one point behind Carlow and three off leaders Laois who they face next week.

Despite strong spells in both halves, Tipperary could never quite dampen their hosts’ appetite for the fray. London were snapping at their heels from stimp to stern. Though it was London’s Cahir Healy who grabbed the injury time equaliser, the hosts will justifiably feel they could have taken both points on offer. Both sides kicked eight wides.

Tipp must have felt they had the win bagged after a par of late scores from full-back Shane O’Connell and full-forward Jack Kennedy but a wonderful effort from distance from Healy salvaged a valuable point with virtually the last kick.

The two sides traded early scores before Paul Kelly’s side began to assert their superiority with four points on the spin – three from the lively Sean O’Connor from dead balls. The UCC man was the figurehead in attack and London looked like a side gasping for air at this stage.

However, a point from Ruarí Rafferty reduced the deficit and moments later a quick London break concluded with the ball in the hands of midfielder Liam Gallagher who calmly slotted the ball past Jack Rodgers in the Tipp net. Game on.

Rodgers came dangerously close to gifting London a second goal just before the interval when he fumbled the ball in the square. Ruarí Rafferty pounced to capitalise but Jimmy Feehan did well to clear. The sides went in level at the interval 1-3 to 0-6.

The second half saw a noticeable increase in tempo and intensity, London starting the quicker with a couple of points from the impressive Cathal Lacey. However London would soon be without Lacey who was helped off for treatment after picking up a nasty knock while going for his third score in a row. His injury would take some time and care which added 11 minutes to the clock at the end of the game.

After a lengthy delay, Ruarí Rafferty edged London three points ahead, and a surprise looked on the cards. However in fairness to Tipperary, they wrested back the initiative in the third quarter with three points on the bounce from Jack Kennedy and sub Peter McGarry to level things up.

On 67 minutes, London got their noses in front again courtesy of Shay Rafter’s curling effort but Tipp looked that bit quicker in the final stages and looked to have nicked it, courtesy of O’Connell and Kennedy.

However Healy was on hand in the 78th minute to save the day for London. – and move them off the bottom of the table.

Scorers for London: L Gallagher (1-0), C Lacey (0-3, 1f), R Rafferty (0-2), P Dolan, S Rafter and C Healy (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipp: S O’Connor (0-4, 2f, 1m), J Kennedy (0-3, 1m), J Kennedy, (0-2), S Grogan and P McGarry (0-1 each).

LONDON: A Walsh; C Lacey, M Moynihan, F Eastwood; O Kerr, P Dolan, C McKeon; L Gallagher, S Dornan; A McLoughlin, T Barry, DJ O’Flaherty; C Cox, R Rafferty, E Walsh.
Subs: S Rafter for C Lacey (47), C Diver for P Dolan (59), C Mulgrew for T Barry (63), C Healy for F Eastwood (64), D Rooney for A McLoughlin (72).

TIPPERARY: J Rodgers; S O’Connell, J Feehan, E Moloney; J Morris, P Feehan, K Costello; D O’Leary, J Kennedy; M Stokes, S Grogan, C Deeley; J Kennedy, P Creedon, S O’Connor.
Subs: S Neville for C Deeley (18), P McGarry for P Creedon (HT), R Quigley for E Moloney (47), M Kehoe Martin for M Stokes (47), C Kennedy for D O’Leary (47), R O’Dowd for P Feehan (58).

Referee: K Faloon (Ard Mhacha).

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