By David Hennessy
London manager Paul Coggins is hoping that London talisman Lorcan Mulvey will be fit for this Saturday’s qualifier against his native Cavan after sustaining a knock. Mulvey was man of the match in London’s Connacht quarter-final against Roscommon, hitting 0-8 of London’s 0-10 tally. His performances in London’s 2013 year earned him London’s first All Star nomination.
Paul Coggins told The Irish World: “Lorcan has a little bit of an injury scare too. He got a bit of a knock a couple of weeks ago in a club game but we hope he would be okay but he took a knock. We just have to wait and see. It is what it is. I don’t know. We’re just hoping but he did take a knock and we’re just working on it.”
Coggins is optimistic Conor Sheridan will be available while Tony Gaughan and Greg Crowley remain very doubtful. The London manager says his team are in a good place and looking forward to another Ruislip championship showdown: “We’ve prepared very well, the group have trained very well. We’ve added Liam Gavigan to the squad recently who has been performing very well for Tir Chonaill Gaels and also Senan O’Grady. Unfortunately Senan is possibly doubtful too. Senan had experience with Roscommon before and he’s joined Kingdom Kerry Gaels this year.”
Marty McCoy and Niall Boyle, unavailable for the Roscommon match, are also back in the panel: “It’s great to have those kind of guys and even though we have got a few injuries, if you have top fellas like that to call upon, you’re in a good place. And the guys know that. They can see top quality players coming in all the time and improving the squad and all of those players, Liam, Marty especially, have a lot of experience at inter-county level. Liam was part of the squad five years ago.”
Coggins also urges GAA fans in London to not just turn out but be vocal on the day, making the most out of London’s home draw: “We’re looking forward to it. We want a good crowd. We want them to make some noise for London. It’s a really big day with a really good team who we’re going to need all the support we can get against. We need to show people that this is our pitch and I want them not just to come, I want them to come and get hoarse shouting for London and hopefully we’ll give them plenty to shout about but we need that support. Let’s lift it now.”