Derry crash out of Ulster Hurling Championship

London 2-12 Derry 0-15

London 2-12 Derry 0-15

London’s smash and grab raid sent Derry crashing out of the Ulster SHC with a sensational quarter-final win at Casement Park.

Two late goals from Mark Mythen saw the Exiles come from six points behind to stun the pre-match favourites.

Oisin McCloskey and David Maher swapped early points, before McCloskey edged the Ulster men ahead in the fifth minute.

London survived a period of Derry pressure to go two points clear, with a couple of well struck efforts from their skipper Martin Finn and Aiden Fitzgerald.

Ruairi Convery thumped over a couple of long range frees to get Derry back into control, with Paddy Henry also hitting the target as they eased ahead by 0-7 to 0-6 at the halfway stage.

Convery fired over another handful of points, including a superb sideline cut, with Kevin Hinphey and paddy McCloskey also on target, to open out a six points lead (0-14 to 0-8), at the end of the third quarter.

But suddenly London sprang to life in spectacular fashion, with the predatory Mythen plundering goals in the 48th and 51st minutes.

First he finished from close range after Daryl McDermott had saved superbly from Richard O’Connell, then he was on hand to blast home a second after the Derry defence had failed to clear a Finn ’65.

Mythen, Stephenson and O’Connell all tagged on points to drive the Exiles to the finish line, and as Derry pressed for the goal they so badly needed, they were repelled by the heroics of Colm Forde and Matt Ryan.

London: JJ Burke, C Burke, M Ryan, N Coady, M Fitzimmons, C Forde, K Kennedy, M Forde, G Power, M Mythen (2-1), D Maher (0-1), R O’Connell (0-1), T Twomey, A Fitzgerald (0-1), M Finn (0-6, 3f).

Subs: J Reddan (0-1) for Power, P Stephenson (0-1) for Twomey.

Derry: D McDermott, S McCullagh, E McKeever, R McCloskey, M Craig (0-1), P O’Kane, C Brunton, R Convery (0-8 (8f), K Hinphey (0-1), O McCloskey (0-2), A Grant, P Henry (0-2), S McBride, P McCloskey (0-1), C Quinn.

Subs: C McKeever for Quinn, P Kelly for O McCloskey, D McCloskey for McBride.

Referee: O Elliot (Antrim).

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