Saturday 15 December 2018

Leitrim and Sligo face real threats on their travels

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke. Photo: Sportsfile
Armagh’s Jamie Clarke. Photo: Sportsfile

Played 65; won 3, drawn 1, lost 61. That's the combined record London and New York have in the Connacht SFC, which is scarcely surprising given the disadvantages under which they operate.

London recorded all three wins (v Leitrim in 1977/2013 and Sligo 2013) while also drawing with Leitrim in 2013.

Sligo return to Ruislip on Sunday for the first time since that setback while Leitrim will be in Gaelic Park for the clash with New York. There's a view that New York, captained by former Mayo defender Tom Cunniffe and with Armagh's Jamie Clarke in attack, could win a championship game for the first time since joining Connacht in 1999.

Leitrim's preparations this year were disrupted by the bad weather as they only played five games in Division 4, winning two and losing three.

Still, it's a lot more competitive action than New York have had.

Sligo's assignment could even be trickier than Leitrim's since they are up against a London side that had a fairly progressive league campaign.

Sligo and Leitrim will be mighty happy to fly home looking forward to clashes with Galway/Mayo and Roscommon respectively.

They should both manage it.

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