Before Roscommon’s Connacht SFC encounter in Ruislip manager John Evans said London wouldn't be a pushover and he was proved right as Evans declared his satisfaction with the work-out after the Rossies were made to battle before booking a semi-final against Sligo on 20 June.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport following the 1-14 to 0-10 win, Evans said: “The day of coming over to London and pulverising the green jersey is well gone and under [manager] Paul Coggins every guy is enthusiastic.
“The further we went ahead there in the first half, the more they tried, the more they tackled, the more they defended and the more they broke forward.
“So I was very impressed with their enthusiasm, very impressed with their fitness levels, and they missed six or seven chances in the second half.
“We had a few goal chances as well. At the end of the day we were delighted to get a tough game and delighted to win it. London were no pushovers and they can be proud of their effort today.”
Roscommon led 0-11 to 0-05 at the break and stretched that lead further when Ciaran Murtagh scored a superb goal soon after the resumption.
However, London soon demonstrated some stubborn resistance at the back and also moved the ball forward with some joy as Lorcan Mulvey scored five second-half points for the Exiles.
"It’s going to be a cauldron and it’s going to be one hell of a game" - Evans on next month's semi in Sligo
Roscommon though kept some breathing space between the two sides as London huffed and puffed but couldn’t provide the clinical edge to reel back Evans' charges.
Evans conceded there’s still a bit of work to do before the semi-final, adding that Sligo would represent a really “tough” challenge.
“We know full well it was a difficult last few weeks. We had county championship football and the rest and trying to get ourselves right after winning Division 2," said the former Tipperary manager.
“We had to try and get the handle on the right frame of mind. It was difficult but we’re certainly there now.
“We know we’re in for a tough, tough game in Sligo in Markievicz Park. It’s going to be a cauldron and it’s going to be one hell of a game.”