By Damian Dolan.
Philip Butler will become the first London-born footballer to feature for London in the championship for more than two years, after being named in Paul Coggins’ starting line up to face Leitrim in Sunday’s Connacht SFC semi-final in Carrick on Shannon.
The 20-year-old Tir Chonaill Gaels student will start at right corner back after Kevin Lynam failed to recover from the hamstring injury which forced him off after just 17 minutes against Sligo on May 26 at Ruislip. Brian Collins, Lynam’s replacement that day, has also been ruled out through injury.
Butler becomes the first London-born footballer to see championship action for the Exiles since Liam Gavigan – an extra-time substitute against Mayo in 2011 – and the first to start a championship game since 2009 when Adrian Moyles lined out at corner forward against Galway.
Butler is one of two changes to the side that beat Sligo. The other sees Paul Geraghty start his first game for London since the Exiles’ Round 2 All Ireland qualifier defeat to Waterford in 2011 at Ruislip.
Geraghty came off the bench to good effect against Sligo and has been named at full forward, with Lorcan Mulvey returning to his more familiar centre forward role in place of Ciaran McCallion.
London (SF v Leitrim): D Traynor; P Butler, S Curran, D McGreevey; S Hannon, S Mulligan, T Gaughan; M Gottsche, C Doyle; G Crowley, L Mulvey, B Mitchell; P McGoldrick, P Geraghty, C Magee.