Thursday 23 November 2017

Six Galway men to line out for London against the Tribesmen

London's Mark Gottsche
London's Mark Gottsche
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

SIX Galway men will line out for London against their native county in Sunday’s Connacht football quarter-final in Ruislip.

Mark Gottsche, Damien Dunleavy, Paul Geraghty and Eoin O’Neill all played for the Exiles in last year’s Connacht final and they’ve since been joined by former Galway ‘keeper Adrian Faherty and O’Neill’s brother Cathal.

London’s totemic leader and Allstar nominee Lorcan Mulvey, who has had a calf injury, has not been passed fit in time but their starters include Michael Walsh, a former Mayo senior panellist.

Paul Coggins side broke several benchmarks last year when they beat Sligo and Leitrim to reach their first provincial final but they'll start on Sunday with only nine of the team that faced  Mayo

Defenders Seamus Hannon, Tony Gaughan, Philip Butler and Stephen Curran, wing-forward Greg Crowley and their four Galway regulars are the only survivors from Castlebar last July but they have still to name their bench.

Elsewhere Tommy Fitzgerald and Conor Dunne come into the Laois team who face Antrim in the final round of Leinster's round-robin in Portlaoise on Sunday in a game which will decide the quarter-final pairings.

Fitzgerald replaces Cha Dywer in the full-forward line and Dunne replaces Tommy Delaney at midfield.

A win or a draw will see Laois play Wexford while Sunday's losers will face Galway in the quarter-finals on June 1.

LONDON (SF v Galway) – A Faherty; P Butler, S Curran, D McCarthy; S Hannon, T Gaughan, M Walsh; M Gottsche, M Carroll; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, C O’Neill; E O’Neill, P Geraghty, J Feeney.

LAOIS (SH v Antrim) - E Reilly; J A Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, D Palmer; C Dunne, P Whelan; J Purcell, W Hyland, S Maher; N Foyle, R King, T Fitzgerald.

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