Speaking after the game, Walsh admitted to his frustration with the result but denied that either he or his players had taken the trip to London lightly.
“The luck of the gods wasn’t with us. We hit the woodwork twice from open goal chances and didn’t even get a point out of either of them. That came back to haunt us,” he said.
London had waited 36 years for a championship win, and manager Paul Goggins was ecstatic afterwards as he promised there is more to come from his side.
“It was worth the wait. It’s unbelievable really. The players did everything that was asked of them. We’ve had no games in the build-up, but we had some brilliant games between ourselves,” he said.
“But winning today isn’t the end of our ambition. We’ll get ready during the week for the trip to Carrick-on-Shannon to face Leitrim. We’re not in any way finished yet.”
Kerry Easily Tops Tipp
KERRY hammered Tipperary by 2-19 to 0-8 on their Munster SFC bow in Killarney on Sunday, prompting Tipp boss Peter Creedon to call for the introduction of a new All-Ireland B Championship but not at the expense of the provincial competitions.
“Mayo did a nice number on Galway last week and sure Dublin might do similar to certain teams. I still think, let us play our Munster championship, but there should be a top 16 going into a senior championship and a senior B, whatever,” Creedon said.
“Club football is like senior, intermediate, junior so why should we all be playing for the same competition? But my aim is to try and build a team over the next two or three years that can come down here and rattle Kerry.”
Cody Returns for Cats Training
KILKENNY received a major boost ahead of their Leinster SHC bow against Offaly this weekend when manager Brian Cody made a surprise and unannounced return to training on Sunday.
Cody, who recently underwent heart surgery, caught the Kilkenny players by surprise when he returned to work and back to business as usual.
Star player Michael Fennelly revealed, “He just slipped back in and that was it. It was just get back on with it as usual, get on with business. In fairness, he was only out for a few months so he just slipped back in.
“I didn’t know anything about it, that he was coming back. I was actually in doing rehab so I barely saw him myself. But he looked fine. I saw him before training and that was it.”
Limerick Proves No Opposition
LIMERICK failed to meet their own expectations, never mind anyone else’s, as they slumped to an 18 point defeat, 3-17 to 0-8, to Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Saturday’s Munster SFC quarterfinal.
Even Cork star Michael Shields was surprised by the lack of opposition as his team booked a semi-final date with Mick O’Dwyer’s Clare.
Full-back Shields admitted, “We’d always expect a tough game coming up here. I suppose they didn’t kick on really and once we got the few goals there before halftime, the game was dead and buried.”
Louth Gets Tough
LOUTH served notice of their intentions under new manager Aidan O’Rourke as they destroyed Laois by 1-16 to 1-6 in the Leinster SFC on Sunday.
O’Rourke said, “They played really well and I’m delighted for them. Probably the whole way through the league that performance was in us. We had only been playing for 30 or 40 minutes at a time and we knew if we could put 55 minutes or 60 together of football together someday we would be very difficult to deal with and that was the case today.”