London ball

Derry and Kildare follow London to the top

Christy Ring Cup frontrunners Derry and Kildare both picked up comfortable wins in their first round matches against Wicklow and Mayo respectively on Sunday afternoon, joining London at the top of the table after the 0-26 win at 0-21 from the Exiles on Sligo on Saturday. afternoon.

Kildare was devastating in the second half of their 5-26 0-11 win over Mayo as they turned a five-point half-time lead into a 30-point win. Paul Divilly’s goal was the opening goal of the second half and from there David Herity’s side continued to build their lead with scores well scored. Kildare took control firmly as four more goals from Mark Delaney, Cathal Dowling, Brian Byrne and Jack Sheridan netted the competition in favor.

League Division 2B winners Derry dug deep to secure a 1-21 to 1-9 win over Wicklow. The Oakleafers took control in the first half, but saw their lead reduced to seven points when Eoin McCormack scored for Wicklow. However, Fintan Bradley responded less than two minutes later with a goal for Derry that moved the game past the brave Wicklow side.

Derry started well, going 0-7 to 0-2 ahead with Odhran McKeever, Ciaran Hendry and Cormac O’Doherty all impressive in the early stages. Brandon Ryan helped Wicklow cut their deficit to three before a pair of field balls from Cormac O’Doherty helped Derry lead 0-11 to 0-6 at halftime. Derry continued to find scores easier to come by and even when McCormack scored for Wicklow they were never under pressure.