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Exiles enjoy 'unbelievable' win

THIS year's championship is only a few weeks old but already we have had arguably the biggest shock of the summer.

At Ruislip yesterday, 14-man London withstood a late Sligo rally to record a 1-12 to 0-14 win over Sligo in the Connacht Championship.

The Exiles actually led by seven points early in the second half but were hanging on at the death.

Brian Curran burst through the home rearguard with seconds remaining.

Curran opted to go for the kill and teed up top-scorer Mark Breheny, but his fisted effort came back off the crossbar and went wide, and the final whistle sounded.

"It was worth the wait," said London manager Paul Coggins. "It's unbelievable. The players did everything that was asked of him.

"We've waited since 1977 for this win. But winning today isn't the end of our ambition. We'll get ready for the trip to Carrick-on-Shannon. We're not finished yet."

"We knew all along it was going to be tough here," said Sligo manager Kevin Walsh. "But the game was there for us.

"The luck of the gods wasn't with us – we hit the woodwork twice from open goal chances and didn't even get a point out of either of them. That came back to haunt us."