London rue more bad luck at hands of Leitrim
By John Connolly
London ended their league campaign on a losing note in Carrick on Shannon, but the manner of Sunday’s defeat was perfectly in keeping with the Exiles’ league campaign as they were again left to rue what might have been.
But while defeat might have condemned London to propping up the Allianz FL pyramid, perhaps more importantly the Exiles produced a performance to prove their 12-point loss to Clare was an uncharacteristic blip, after beating Waterford and giving Carlow and Limerick almighty scares.
Just as against Limerick, though, London would be left to curse their bad luck as the match turned decisively in Leitrim’s favour 13 minutes from full-time when London’s Ciaran McCallion crashed a shot off the Leitrim cross-bar.
A desperate Leitrim cleared their lines, worked the ball up the field where Conor Beirne expertly finished a great shot to the net.
The goal ultimately proved the difference in a tight contest where an emerging and physically powerful London put Leitrim to their pin of their collars to emerge with the win. Indeed, it was London who were chasing a late goal as Leitrim were growing increasingly desperate in injury time, just as Limerick were at Ruislip.
For more see the (13 April) print edition of the Irish World