Ulster champions Lisbellaw were soundly beaten by London’s St Gabriel’s in Ruislip in the All-Ireland Intermediate quarter-finals.
The Fermanagh kingpins started well, but a wasteful opening quarter saw them register five wides.
By comparison, St Gabriel’s and Martin Finn were unerringly accurate. The Cork native, finished the contest with 2-9.
Lisbellaw did have their own performers in corner forwards Sean and Ciaran Corrigan — their pace was a constant threat to St Gabriels and the foil to that was the robust play of colleague Karl Kehoe in defence.
He was sent-off mid-way through the second-half, but the London champions were already 10 points clear at that stage.
“We’re very disappointed,” said Lisbellaw manager Kevin Corrigan. “We had the chance of two goals and a penalty and we didn’t take them. St Gabriels had two or three chances and they took theirs and when you get the chance of a goal you have to take it.
“We have only 97 members in our club so we are a very small. St Gabriels are pulling from a much bigger area, they are probably pulling from half of Ireland.
“They are one game away from Croke Park and that’s what we were looking for but we are proud of what the club has won so far this year.”
St Gabriel’s: A Ryan (Captain); T Lally, B Costello, F Tierney; E McKeigue, PJ Rowe, N Coady; E Cooney, N Rogers (0-2); P Sloane (0-1), S Egan (0-2), K Walsh (0-2); M Finn (2-9, 6fs, ’65), L Hands, J Grealish (1-0). Subs: M Fitzsimmons for Tierney (42), G Wynne (1-0) for Cooney (52), C Sexton (0-1) for Egan (55), T Moroney for Coady (55).
Lisbellaw: D McPhillips; N Carson, F Bannon, D Teague; A Breslin, M Slevin, K Kehoe; R Bogue (Captain), J Duffy (0-4, 3fs, ’65); JP McGarry, M Teague, P Timoney; S Corrigan (1-1), D McGarry (0-2), C Corrigan. Subs: B McGarry for Timoney (37), C Rice (1-0) for Teague (42), S Mulholland for Breslin (55), B Jones for Corrigan (61).
Referee: C Browne.