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Replay in West as Egan fails to finish off Exiles

LEITRIM and London will meet again to decide who goes through to the Connacht SFC final after a thrilling 2-7 to 0-13 draw in Carrick-on-Shannon at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada yesterday.

Goals in each half from Lorcan Mulvey and substitute Sean Kelly looked to have sealed the win for the Exiles, but Darren Sweeney and Kevin Conlon kicked late points to seal a draw for Leitrim.

In fairness, Leitrim's challenge received a massive setback when star forward Emlyn Mulligan limped off after 15 minutes, although they did put in a solid start to the second half which saw them pull two points clear.

Leitrim even had the chance to snatch an unlikely victory through a 45 with the last kick of the game.

However, with his first effort of the game, full-back Ciaran Egan (left) pulled his effort wide and both sides had to be content with a share of the spoils.

Paddy McGowan gave the home side the lead but Seamus Hannon levelled with a great point on the run.



The outstanding Darren Sweeney pointed for Leitrim in the fourth minute, but the Exiles hit a good spell with a Padraig McGoldrick free and Mulvey point to put them back in front.

After Mulligan's departure, Leitrim hit four of the next five scores for a 0-6 to 0-4 lead.

But just before the break Mulvey finished to the net after Cathal McCrann failed to hold on to a high ball from Cathal Magee, and the visitors led 1-4 to 0-6 at half-time.

Leitrim hit back after the break with four well worked points, while the Exiles had a 45 from Declan Traynor.

They looked like earning a surprise result when Kelly hooked the ball past McCrann 11 minutes from time, only for Leitrim to clinch the draw with Conlon's late point.