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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
London 5 (4 first half)
Leitrim 11 (2)
London 17 (9)
Leitrim 30 (16)
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)
London face Mayo in the Connacht final; Leitrim will try to regroup in the qualifiers.