Coggins: London can stage upset
THEY'VE already caused a sensation this summer by almost ousting Mayo in Connacht, and London football boss Paul Coggins believes his side are ready to make history this weekend, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.
It is 34 years since the Exiles beat Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon for their last championship victory, but cracking 2-10 past Mayo and taking them to extra-time has given London added impetus ahead of their All-Ireland qualifier against Fermanagh.
And their manager, a native of Roscommon, has no regrets about letting Mayo off the hook last time out when they led by two points with four minutes left only to get taken into extra-time, eventually losing by just three points.
"We've no regrets. Everything we could have done against Mayo, we did, and the lads played to the highest level we could have wished," he said.
"I have total respect for Fermanagh football but, if we can repeat that performance on Saturday, we can beat them."
It was rumoured that London had lost midfield star and former Galway senior Paul Geraghty, but that is certainly not the case.
They will be without regular wing-back John Scanlon, who broke bones in his foot in the Mayo game, and Killian Phair, who did well off the bench last time out, has a hamstring niggle.
Otherwise, London have a relatively clean bill of health and, if anything, have beefed up their squad since by reintroducing some players who were involved during the National League, including Stephen Brown from Kerry.
"We put Mayo under severe pressure, did everything we could possibly do in that game and really got a great performance from the team," Coggins said.
"We just concentrated on our own game that day and that's what we'll be doing again."