Christy Ring Cup round-up: Meath beat London by point

Meath overturned an 11-point half-time deficit to beat London by a point, while there were wins also for Derry, Down and Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup's opening round this weekend.

Meath overturned an 11-point half-time deficit to beat London by a point, while there were wins also for Derry, Down and Wicklow in the Christy Ring Cup's opening round this weekend.

This afternoon at Pairc Tailteann, Meath staged a magnificent second half display to run out 4-8 to 3-10 winners over London.

A quartet of second half goals paved the way for a Royal County victory after the hosts trailed by 3-8 to 0-6 at the break.

London started strongly as goals from Cork native Martin Finn, Kevin Walsh and Jonathan Maher helped them take a 3-8 to 0-6 interval lead.

However, Meath responded strongly on the restart, holding London to just two second half points.

A Stephen Clynch goal from a free in the 42nd minute left the scoreline at 3-8 to 1-7, before Clynch turned provider to set up Shaun Heavey 10 minutes later.

Clynch bagged a second goal to cut the deficit even further, before a 21-metre free from Peter Durnin was netted to help Meath to a hard-earned victory.

On Saturday, Derry also dug deep to claim a 1-22 to 2-18 victory over Kildare at Celtic Park.

The hosts registered 14 points from frees in a game in which Kildare began strongly, but Derry took control in the second quarter and never trailed after that.

Kildare' Paul Divilly powered a free to the back of the net after a deflection off one of the Derry defenders, but the sides were tied at 1-1 apiece soon after with Oisin McCloskey netting a goal for the hosts.

The visitors led by 1-5 to 1-4 after 15 minutes, but scores from McCloskey and Paddy Kelly ensured Derry took the lead entering the second quarter.

Scores from Kelly and Paddy Henry kept Derry in front, with the hosts leading by 1-11 to 1-9 at half-time.

Henry was razor sharp again on the restart, with Charles Gilmore also making a strong impact for the Oak Leafers.

Derry led by 1-16 to 1-10 entering the final quarter and would have led by more but for a string of super saves from Kildare goalkeeper Paul Dermody.

At the opposite end Kildare registered their second goal from Divilly to leave the score at 1-17 to 2-12.

Henry and Hinphey were on target with points for Derry and although Kildare finished strongly, the hosts had done enough to book a place in the next round.

Kenny Feeney tallied up 10 points for Mayo but it was not enough as Down claimed a 0-19 to 0-17 triumph at Elverys McHale Park.

Down had Paul Braniff to thank for this hard-earned win, as a trio of late scores from the free-taker ensured the Mourne County side emerged winners.

A wind-assisted Down led by 0-11 to 0-7 at the break but Mayo bounced back on the restart.

Feeney, Darren McTighe (0-2) and Keith Higgins (0-1) were among the scorers for the hosts, who edged into a 0-15 to 0-14 lead.

However, Down looked sharpest late in this contest as talisman Braniff made sure of their winning start to the 2012 Christy Ring Cup.

Meanwhile, Wicklow gained revenge for their final defeat to Kerry at Croke Park last year, as the Garden County claimed a 2-20 to 2-15 win over John Meyler's side in Arklow.

Michael Boyle netted an early goal for the visitors, but goals from Andy O'Brien and Wayne O'Gorman gave the hosts a 2-9 to 1-6 interval advantage.

Wicklow dominated on the restart and although a Shane Nolan goal cut the gap to three points in the 62nd minute, Casey O'Brien's men held out for victory.

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