Friday 15 December 2017

London withstand stunning comeback to make Connacht final

Danny Beck, Leitrim, in action against Ciaran McCallion
Danny Beck, Leitrim, in action against Ciaran McCallion

London came within a whisker of throwing away a 14-point lead but clung on to beat Leitrim by 2-11 to 1-13 at Dr Hyde Park.

The Exiles led by 2-10 to 0-2 at the break but London only scored one second half point and an incredible fightback from Leitrim fell just short with Kevin Conlon missing a chance in injury time to force extra time.

Leitrim opened the scoring for Leitrim but then London hit seven unanswered points with Lorcan Mulvey hitting three of them.

Greg Crowley then pounced for a goal after a fine move and Leitrim were in disarray.

Four further points had London in greater control and then Ciaran McCallion added another goal and the Exiles were cruising.

Robbie Lowe got the final score of the half but they were facing a mountainous task as they trailed by 2-10 to 0-2 at the break.

Four points points for Kevin Conlon on the resumption gave Leitrim some hope.

Lorcan Mulvey and Robbie Lowe swapped points as Leitrim made inroads into the London lead.

James Clancy scored a goal and then further points meant that Leitrim only trailed by four points on a 2-11 to 1-11 scoreline with five minutes remaining.

A Paul Brennan free was followed up by another score for Conlon and the lead had been cut to a solitary point.

Conlon had a chance to equalise in injury time but sent it to the left and wide.

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