London hurlers face tricky test away to Down
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London hurlers face tricky test away to Down

LONDON'S hectic Christy Ring journey continues on Saturday as Fergus McMahon’s side face another trip to Ulster for a quarter-final clash with Down at Ballycran, throw-in 4pm.

Having defeated Kildare following a replay London, missing a string of key forwards, suffered a 1-12 to 2-8 loss against Derry at Owenbeg.

That result means that London now face Down at Ballycran in the quarter-finals this weekend.  Down were comprehensively beaten 3-17 to 2-10 by Kerry, but they responded with a 1-19 to 0-13 victory over Wicklow.

Chris Egan and Gareth Johnson impressed during Down’s comfortable success over Wicklow so London will need to be diligent from the outset.

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London’s Liaison Officer Tommy Harrell is ‘hopeful’ that Bernard Gaffney might be available for selection.  “We are hopeful that Bernard Gaffney will be able to start for us on Saturday,” Harrell told The Irish Post.  “We felt we left the game behind us against Derry.

“We didn’t play that well, but we still felt it was a winnable game so it was disappointing to be beaten.  It is tough now that we have another away game.

“It has been a demanding month.  With so many games scheduled is demanding because it is hard for guys to recover fully.  We are travelling a lot too which is tough.”