London manager Ciaran Deeley is eager for his side not to wilt on big occasions after the 1-21 to 1-11 defeat to Sligo in Ruislip.

Much was made of London’s win over Sligo in 2013 in the build-up to this game, but the Yeats County did not look in any real trouble throughout the match at a sweltering venue.

Deeley told RTÉ Sport: "It’s very disappointing really because I think we’re a far better team than we showed on the day. We had a very good league campaign.

"I feel for the lads that didn’t perform up to their ability and not showing the quality that they have.  

"We got three points in a row right after half-time and we thought that was going to give us a real launchpad to go on and perform and compete at the end of the game.  

"A black card for midfielder Mark Gottsche was a little bit of a turning point. Sligo got the next two scores. Sligo are a good team, they move very well and they made it very difficult for us on the day."

Deeley could take some positives as the big crowd at the impressive Ruislip ground watched a team with a number of home-grown players.

"We started with seven London-born players which is a first. It’s a big thing for us as a county. This team has come on leaps and bounds and it’s developing at all stages. 

"We probably now have to take the final step and to always perform on the big days."