Conlan strike lifts Leitrim to end shaky start
Leitrim 1-16 London1-11
Leitrim made it two wins on the bounce after overcoming a shaky start to beat London at Ruislip.
The Connacht side trailed by 1-4 to 0-3 following Liam Gavaghan's 13th-minute goal, but they responded with an unanswered 1-8 to put them on course for victory.
The midfield dominance of Donal Wrynn and Shane Moran was crucial as Leitrim capitalised on Lorcan Mulvey's black card.
They were forced to come from behind however after poor defending resulted in Gavaghan lobbing Leitrim goalkeeper Brendan Flynn. But London then went 24 minutes without a score as Leitrim took a firm grip of proceedings to lead at the break.
Leitrim played into a strong breeze in the second half but Conlan gave them a cushion after the restart when he fired past sub 'keeper Niall O'Carroll.
The free-taking of Scott Conroy helped London cut the deficit to three points with 13 minutes remaining, but they tired in the closing stages.
Leitrim manager Shane Ward said: "The thing about the guys over the last few weeks is that they have taken ownership of the performances. That is really encouraging to see because now they understand the game."
SCORERS - Leitrim: K Conlan 1-2 (1f), E Mulligan (3f), R Kennedy (1f) 0-4 each, C Gilheaney, S Moran 0-2 each, P Maguire, S McWeeney 0-1 each. London: S Conroy 0-6 (4f), L Gavaghan 1-0, A Hanlon (1f), D Moore 0-2 each, A Moyles 0-1.
Leitrim - B Flynn 6; P Maguire 7, N Woods 5, M McWeeney 6; R Gallagher 7, G Reynolds 7, S McWeeney 7; D Wrynn 8, S Moran 8; J Rooney 6, E Mulligan 6, K Conlan 8; N O'Donnell 4, R Kennedy 7, A Croal 5. Subs: C Gilheaney 7 for O'Donnell (9, BC), M Murphy 6 for Woods (17), C Gaffney 6 for Croal (26), T Mulvey 7 for Rooney (49).
London - C Campbell 6; P Butler 7, Ciaran Dunne 5, C O'Neill 6; D McGreevy 7, D Ryan 6, Colin Dunne 6; S Conroy 7, M Gottsche 6; A Moyles 6, C Og Greene 6, L Gavaghan 7; S Hickey 6, E Murray 6, L Mulvey 4. Subs: C Carty 6 for Mulvey (10, BC), C Coyne 6 for Ciaran Dunne (26), N O'Carroll 6 for Campbell (35), M Walsh 7 for O'Neill (40, BC), A Hanlon 7 for Moyles (42), E Mageean 6 for Colin Dunne (53).
REF - M Collins (Cork).