Sunday 22 October 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Lorcan Mulvey (London)

The Exiles needed guidance from the outset and the former Cavan player provided it, landing a succession of frees in addition to prominent contributions from play. Faded somewhat after a big impact.

TURNING POINT

London's early points suggested a possible shock but when Greg Crowley fired home the opening goal after 23 minutes to make it 1-7 to 0-1, you just knew this was going to be a historic day.

TALKING POINT

Have London any hope of putting it up to Mayo? Certainly the strength of their tackling in the opening half suggests they can go toe to toe for a while, but the alarming way they faded is ominous.

MAGIC MOMENT

Just when London thought it could not get much better, Damien Dunleavy and Seamus Hannon sent Ciaran McCallion through for a goal on 34 minutes.

REF WATCH

Leitrim seemed to get a lot of breaks from Cormac Reilly in the second half but he kept a tight rein on proceedings, especially when London tired and they tried to stop Leitrim from developing any momentum.

WHAT THEY SAID

Paul Coggins (London manager):

"It has taken us three years to build this team but it goes back much longer than that and for us to get to a Connacht final is a reward for all the people who put the work in down through the years in London."

George Dugdale (Leitrim joint manager):

"It was a huge mountain to climb, 14 points. We asked the boys at half-time to give it their all and, in fairness, they did but fair play to London."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

London 5 (4 first half)

Leitrim 11 (2)

Frees:

London 17 (9)

Leitrim 30 (16)

Yellow cards:

London 7 (C McCallion 24, G Crowley 30, S Kelly 53, S Mulligan 54, T Gaughan 64, C Daly 68, B Collins 70)

Leitrim 1 (B Brennan 44)

Red cards:

London 0

Leitrim 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

London face Mayo in the Connacht final; Leitrim will try to regroup in the qualifiers.

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