London 1-19 2-26 Louth13-06-2018
The Exiles Senior Footballers’ All-Ireland championship odyssey came to an end for another year at the hands of Pete McGrath’s clinical Louth after a high-scoring shoot-out at a sun-drenched McGovern Park, Ruislip.
Following a slow start from the hosts, London-born corner-forward Ryan Elliott capped off a fine flowing home move by rounding Wee County goalkeeper Neil Gallagher to level 1-0 to 0-3.
London’s Louth native Martin Carroll was soon black carded however to hit the hosts’ hopes before the visitors began to turn up the heat driven on by an inspired William Woods.
Woods was the visiting Leinster team’s key performer, scoring 0-13, 0-12 from placed balls.
Louth led 2-12 to 1-9 at half-time and after they fired the first five points of the second half the game seemed up for the Exiles.
But London hit another purple patch with Adrian Moyles, who finished with a haul of 0-10 (6fs), Fearghal McMahon, and replacement Killian Butler all notching.
However, Woods grabbed a first from play to stir McGrath’s men and help them pull clear for the final time.
Louth were then drawn to face Leitrim in a second-round Qualifier in Carrick-on Shannon on June 23.