Bring on Leitrim

By Damian Dolan.

London captain Seamus Hannon says the Exiles will have no fear when they head to Carrick-on-Shannon on June 23 for their Connacht SFC semi-final, after Sunday’s dramatic 1-12 to 0-14 win over Sligo at Ruislip.

Despite playing most of the second half with just 14-men, the Exiles held off a late Sligo fight-back to end their 36-year wait for a Connacht Championship victory and set up a date with Leitrim.

Leitrim dumped the Exiles out of last year’s championship by a point at Ruislip, and were fortunate to come away with a two-point win when the sides met in Carrick in April in the league.

“There’ll be no love lost – we’ll be going into a bit of caldron in Carrick,” said Hannon. “It will be a tight, tough game, but we won’t be afraid of them.

“It’s huge for London and it’s massive for the lads from Connacht. They had to come to London to do it, but we won’t let them down. We’re all honourary Connacht men.

“We made a promise at the start of the year that we wouldn’t die – this London team won’t die. We’ve had hard luck stories, but this wasn’t going to be one of them.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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