Waterford hold wasteful London

Less than 50 paying customers turned out at sun-splashed Fraher Field, Dungarvan, yesterday for this final round tie.

London should have won but the inability of their forwards to capitalise on plentiful possession cost them both points.

They should have had a goal as early as the opening minute but the crossbar denied Padraig McGoldick after a bad goalkeeping blunder by Kieran Cotter.

Waterford then eased into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 23rd minute, but a brace of Lloyd Colfer points and another superb one by Lorcan Mulvey had London level at 0-5 each at the break.

Waterford had the accuracy of Mark Ferncombe to thank as his 66th minute effort secured a share of the spoils.

Scorers for Waterford: M. Ferncombe (0-6, 0-3 frees); S. O’Hare (45’), JJ. Hutchinson, S. Fleming (0-1) each.

Scorers for London: L. Colfer (0-3); K. O’Leary(0-2); L. Mulvey, P. McGoldrick, S. McVeigh, S, Kelly (0-1) each.

WATERFORD: K. Cotter; A. Doyle, M. O’Gorman, K. Connery; T. Grey, E. Walsh, McGrath; S. Dempsey, S. O’Hare; C. McGrath, L. O’Lionain, C. O’Keeffe; M. Ferncombe, S. Fleming, JJ Hutchinson.

Subs: W. Hennessey for McGrath (ht); J. Veale for O’Lionain (51); P. Hurney for O’Keeffe (56); G. Nugent for Hutchinson (60).

LONDON: E. Byrne; P. Sherry, S. McVeigh, D. McGreevy; T. Gaughan, S. Mulligan, K. O’Leary; P. Finn, L. Mulvey; C. McCallion, S. Doolan, G. Crowley; P. McGoldrick, M. Gottsche, L. Colfer.

Subs: S. Hannon for Crowley (45); S. Kelly for McCallion (47); A. Moyles for Finn (60); J. Scanlon for Gaughan (64); A. Rafferty for Doolan (69).

Referee: Keith O’Brien (Tipperary).

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