Meath to meet London in 2B hurling final

Meath and London will meet in the Allianz Hurling League Division 2B final, with wins for the Royals, the Exiles and Down in the Division this afternoon.

At Pairc Tailteann, Navan, Cillian Farrell's charges were hugely impressive as they claimed a 3-18 to 1-10 win over Armagh.

Farrell made seven changes to his side from the team which beat Roscommon last weekend, but with a place in the final already guaranteed the Royals could afford to experiment.

But this didn't stop Meath from maintaining their unbeaten record, as they one again staged a masterclass, and led from start to finish in this game.

A Mark O'Sullivan goal helped the hosts to a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after just three minutes.

Barry Slevin bagged the Royals second goal 10 minutes later to ensure a six-point advantage.

A 34th minute goal from Ciaran Reid helped Armagh reduce the deficit to four points on a 2-7 to 1-6 score-line by the break.

Meath were again impressive on the restart, holding Armagh to just four points, with Bart Hanley netting their third goal.

London scored just four second half points, but they had done enough in the opening 35 minutes to ensure a 2-18 to 2-10 win over Roscommon at Ruislip.

The cliche of 'a game of two halves' certainly proved apt for this encounter, as wind assisted London stormed to a 2-14 to 0-3 interval lead.

Jonathan Maher (2-2) bagged two goals in the first half for the hosts, with Damien Reel (0-8) also impressive from placed balls.

Roscommon upped their game on the restart with goals from Ronan O'Meara and Tom Seale (1-1) each bringing the visitors into contention.

The wind certainly proved a difference as London struggled to get scores and could only manage four second half points.

However, the Exiles held out for victory as Roscommon failed to secure a win, and are now facing into a Division 3A relegation playoff with Armagh for 2014.

Down finished in third place in the Division after a 1-22 to 1-14 win over Mayo at Pairc Esler, Newry.

Mayo claimed a 0-6 to 0-3 lead early on, with Kenny Feeney (0-6) and Sean Regan (0-4) impressive, but Down turned the game firmly in their favour to score nine points without reply to move 0-12 to 0-6 ahead approaching the break.

Down led by 0-13 to 0-8 at half-time, and continued to impress on the restart.

A Danny Toner goal gave the hosts a 1-16 to 0-11 lead in the 45th minute, and although Mayo netted through Stephen Hoban, the visitors continued to find it tough.

Defences were on top in the closing stages, with Down outscoring their opponents by two points to one in the final eight minutes, as they claimed an eight-point win.

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