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Down and London battle again for final reward

By Kevin Kelly

Down face a Ruislip replay next weekend with a place in the Christy Ring final up for grabs after they drew with London at Pairc Esler on Saturday afternoon.

Down led 0-12 to 1-8 at halftime with Michael Turley, Andy Savage, Paul Braniff and Paul Sheehan all supplying points; Martin Finn getting a few points for London with Tony Dunne grabbing their goal.

Conor Woods’ late free made it 1-16 each to force extra time, where the teams exchanged an additional five points each.

Neighbours Armagh and Louth are set to meet in the Nicky Rackard decider after both came through their respective semi finals. Star of the show for the Orchard men in their win over Roscommon was Conor Corvan, who scored a hat trick of goals.

The home side still only led 4-4 to 1-10 at the break; Martin Maguire with their other goal with John Coyne finding the net for the Connaught men. They managed to keep their opponents at arm’s length during the second half to record a 4-12 to 1-17 win.

Donegal failed in their bid to make it an all Ulster final when they were well beaten by Louth at Letterkenny. Niall Campbell, Danny Cullen and Enda McDermott were all on target for the home side in the first half but they managed just a single point after the break as two goals from David Dunne and one from Shane Fennell saw the visitors run out emphatic winners on a 3-18 to 0-7 score line.

The Lory Meagher final will be an Ulster affair after Tyrone and Fermanagh overcame Warwickshire and Leitrim, respectively.

The Red Hands had to pull out all the stops in Birmingham, coming through on a 2-15 to 1-16 score line with Gerard Gilmore and Conor Grogan getting their goals.

At Maguiresbridge, the visitors enjoyed a great start to the game with Clement Unniff finding the net twice inside the opening quarter of an hour but the Erne men fought back to lead 3-9 to 2-6 at the break with Sean Corrigan [2] and Declan McGarry getting their goals.

Corrigan took his personal haul to 2-3 with Paul McGoldrick weighing in with half a dozen points as the Erne men advanced 3-16 to 2-12.

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