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Hurling: London 3-11 Derry 1-15

Having seen his side book a semi-final appearance against Down, London manager Eamonn Phelan was jubilant.

"The biggest day in London's hurling history," was how he described it.

Three first-half goals proved enough for London as they withstood a Derry comeback at Celtic Park on Saturday.

The Exiles looked to be on their way to a comfortable win thanks to two goals from Luke Hand and a Martin Finn strike.

Yet, having built a 3-9 to 0-6 half-time lead, it was a case of hanging on as the home side outscored Phelan's men 1-9 to 0-2 after the break, with Paddy Henry taking the Derry goal.

Man of the Match: John Egan (London)

Scorers - London: M Finn 1-4 (0-2f, 0-1 '65'), L Hand 2-0, J Egan 0-4, P Sloane, J Maher, S Egan 0-1 each. Derry: P Henry 1-6 (4f, 1 65), P McCloskey, A Grant, S Farren 0-2 each, O McCloskey, S McGuigan, P Kelly 0-1 each.

London - T Williams: E Walsh, B Costello, G Fennelly; M Ryan, D Maher, L Mackey; C Quinn, PJ Rowe; P Sloane, J Egan, S Egan; J Maher, M Finn, L Hand. Subs: M Walsh for E Walsh (52), H Vaughan for S Egan (59), K Walsh for P Sloane (64).

Derry - O O'Doherty; J McCloskey, L Hinphey, L Hawkins; R McCloskey, P Kelly, J Mulholland; C Gilmore, O McCloskey; S McGuigan, P McCloskey, P Henry; B Quigley, R Convery, A Grant. Subs: S Farren for Convery (31), M Warnock for J McCloskey (h-t), S McCullagh for Hawkins (h-t), C McSorley for Mulholland (45), C Convery for McGuigan (65).

REF - G Duffy (Antrim).

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