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Capital rematch to settle cup

Down and London will have to meet again in the English capital next weekend to settle their Christy Ring Cup semi-final after they finished deadlocked on 1-21 each following a thriller at Pairc Esler in Newry.

The sides were level at the end of normal time at 1-16 apiece, and it was the home side that had to come from behind twice when they were on the brink of a shock exit.

Down led by 0-14 to 1-8 at half-time, with Tony Dunne hitting the London goal, but the Ulster men needed a stoppage time goal from Conor Woods, direct from a free, to send the tie to extra-time.

It was London who seized the initiative again, powering ahead with scores from martin Finn and Pat Sloan.

But Down, with Michael Turley hitting vital scores salvaged a draw with a late point from a Turley free.

Down's top scorer Paul Braniff, who received a straight red card, will miss the replay, as will London's Lee Mackey, also dismissed on a straight red.s

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