By Damian Dolan.
Persistence finally paid off for Paul Coggins at Ruislip on May 26, in more ways than one. When Damien Dunleavy took the field late on in the second half, with the Exiles clinging on to their hard earned lead, it was the culmination of several attempts to coax the former Galway star into a London jersey.
Having arrived in the city in May 2011 and plied his trade with Neasden Gaels to good effect, Dunleavy finally relented three weeks before London’s date with destiny against Sligo. Injuries had prevented him from committing previously, but this time it just felt right.
Coggins’ reward was to be able to summon a player of Dunleavy’s quality and experience with the game against Sligo in the balance and London needing cool heads amidst unbearable tension. Dunleavy too is mightily glad for his eleventh hour change of heart, as he became part of a spot of history making.
“I had a think about it and decided to give it a shot, and thankfully I did,” he said. “It seems to have worked out fairly well so far.
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